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Three injured as car slams into East Boston Burger King

A car slammed into an East Boston Burger King restaurant this morning, injuring three people.

Police arrived at the restaurant on Bennington Street in the Orient Heights neighborhood at 8:02 a.m. to find a brown Ford Explorer halfway inside the building, Boston police said.

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The car was not running, but the key was in the ignition, police said. The driver of the vehicle was missing.

Boston EMS transported three victims — two women, ages 89 and 73, and one man, age 69 — to Massachusetts General Hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening, police said.

Witnesses at the scene said the driver of the vehicle took off on foot after the crash. They described him as Hispanic, 5-foot-7, clean-shaven, with a medium build and dark hair, wearing a dark shirt and black shorts, police said.

Shortly after the crash a male arrived at the East Boston police department, claiming he was the owner of the vehicle, police said. The male, who identified himself with a passport from El Salvador, did not match the witnesses’ description of the driver, police said.

The male said the vehicle had multiple drivers and that he gave the keys to a “friend” early that morning, but he could not identify that friend, police said.

Anyone with information is urged to call East Boston detectives at 617-343-4234.

Melissa can be reached at melissa.hanson@globe.com or on Twitter @Melissa__Hanson

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