Customer saved himself by getting hot sauce before car crashed into table at Taco Bell

Polk County
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A customer moved out of the path of a car right before it slammed into a Winter Haven Taco Bell, police said. 

The incident happened at a Taco Bell in the 1700 block of 3rd Street SW at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday. 

Emmanuel Akowuah, 77, told police he was backing out of a parking spot and put the car back into drive. The car jumped a curbed, crashed through the building and came to a rest about 10 feet inside, Akowuah said, according to police.  

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Neither Akowuah nor his wife, a passenger, were injured, but the car’s airbags were deployed. 

Police said a customer was seated in the path of the crash, but he got up to grab some hot sauce packets before the car went into the building. 

Police said the building sustained significant damage, but no damage estimate was available.

It’s unclear if charges are pending. 

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