One person was brought to the hospital after a car crashed into the side of a Sanford diner Tuesday, authorities said.

The crash was reported at 3:36 p.m. and followed a three-car crash at the intersection of Washington Street and Pioneer Avenue, where the Third Alarm Diner sits at the corner.

Police said one of the cars, a tan sedan driven by a 28-year-old Sanford man, plowed into the side of the diner, leaving several patrons injured.

One person was brought the Southern Maine Health Care center in Sanford. That person was later flown to the Maine Medical Center in critical condition, police said.

The driver, identified as Mark Nolet, was charged with operating without a license.

No employees were hurt, and the owners of the diner were not inside at the time of the crash, according to a report by WMTW.

Police are investigating the cause of the crash.

The diner is closed until extensive repairs can be made. Workers have constructed temporary support beams and boarded up the gaping hole in the buildings, according to WMTW.

Watch for updates.

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Callie Ferguson

Callie Ferguson is an investigative reporter for the Bangor Daily News. She writes about criminal justice, police and housing.