6 hurt when truck crashes into Penn Hills Dairy Queen

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Six people were injured Thursday afternoon when a pickup truck slammed into a Dairy Queen in Penn Hills.

The crash, which also caused a break in a gas line, occurred about 2:40 p.m. in the 4200 block of Verona Road, according to an Allegheny County dispatch supervisor.

The injured were transported to UPMC Presbyterian in Oakland and Forbes Hospital in Monroeville. Their conditions were not released.

A witness, Lane Thorne, 20, of Penn Hills, said she had just gotten into her car on the opposite side of the Dairy Queen when she heard what sounded like an explosion.

She jumped out of the car and helped her friend, Sherelle Berry, 19, an employee of the restaurant, out through a window. Ms. Thorne said the cash register had fallen on Ms. Berry.

Ms. Berry and the manager, Carolyn Fuchs, who owns the restaurant with her husband, Dan Fuchs, were among those taken to the hospital. Penn Hills emergency medical technician Diane Fitzhenry said the four men in the truck were the other people taken to hospitals.

Joe McMeekin, chief of Penn Hills Fire Station 225, said everyone was out of the store by the time rescue crews arrived. The four people in the truck were sitting in the parking lot, and Ms. Fuchs and Ms. Berry were standing across the street, he said.

Chief McMeekin said the truck ended up deep inside the building with its attached trailer, carrying a riding lawnmower, protruding from the hole in the wall.

Firefighters secured the gas line and proceeded to remove the vehicle from the building. Traffic was detoured until the truck was towed away at 4 p.m.

It was unclear whether anyone would be charged in the crash.

On Thursday evening, the parking lot sat empty, with yellow caution tape wrapped around the building and plywood boarding up the side that had been destroyed. Piles of bricks and rubble sat nearby.

A woman in a red sports car slowed down as she approached the ice cream shop. When she realized it was closed, she could be heard saying,

“Aw, man. OK,” through her open windows as she continued driving.

Max Radwin: mradwin@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1280. First Published July 23, 2014 8:00 PM


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