A car has smashed through the glass walls of a city restaurant, sending shoppers scattering and causing traffic chaos.

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Car crashes into city restaurant
Car crashes into city restaurant

Five people were injured when a car smashed through the glass walls of a city restaurant this afternoon, sending people scattering and causing traffic chaos.

The car crashed into the Matsuri Japanese restaurant on the corner of Hay and Milligan streets at about 2pm after hitting a bus, a St John's Ambulance spokesperson said.

Video: City mayhem | Gallery: After the crash

Four people were taken to Royal Perth hospital. A nine-year old girl was taken to Princess Margaret Hospital and has since been released.

Among the injured was the bus driver, who was taken from the vehicle on a stretcher. The female driver of the car did not require hospital treatment.

Three women spoke of their horror at witnessing the smash.

Charlotte Wallace, Natalie Whitby and Rubini Zentouras said they believed it was lucky nobody was killed.

The three women were sitting about 10 feet away from the car as it smashed through the window.

"I went into absolute shock, it was just surreal, everything felt a little bit frozen, Afterwards there was just mayhem and panic," Ms Wallace said.

"I wanted to call an ambulance but I was shaking so much I couldn’t move."

Ms Whitby said: "One guy was hit and pinned under the car and one managed to climb over the car. Everyone was trying to open the doors to help the driver out but it was really dangerous because there was still glass hanging."

Police have said Hay Street between King Street and Milligan Street would be closed for about two hours, and are diverting traffic along King Street.