I live on the north edge of town and my kids & grandkids live on the south edge of town. Whenever I go to take care of my grandkids, go to the library, pretty much go anywhere in town I take Pierce Street south, which is a busy 3 lane street through the center of town. On the corner of Route 66 (Amarillo Blvd) and Pierce is a McDonalds. I used to go through the drive-thru every morning on my way to take care of my grandkids because you can buy a local paper for a quarter at McD's, instead of the normal 75 cent price, and I like to work the two crossword puzzles in the daily paper.
Well, I have not been buying the paper this week and I sure miss it. There are numerous McDonalds here but none that I pass by on my way except for this one. It will be a while before I can get a newspaper there again. Last week someone ran a red light and a car and a semi carrying a huge load of bales of hay collided. The end result was that the semi of hay pushed a 3rd vehicle completely inside the McDonalds and the cab of the semi itself was buried inside, right where the counter use to be.
Thank goodness no one was killed. 7 people were hospitalized. Miraculous that no one was killed, considering a Ford Explorer was pushed inside the store, followed by a semi on it's side. It happened around 10 p.m. on a weeknight so it was not a busy time. Had it been in summer it would have been tragic.
I took this photo on my way home tonight, more than a week after the wreck. The door to enter the store was just to the right of the two windows, the counter would have been right where the A/C duct is hanging down, the bathrooms right where you see some big bales of hay stacked. It took crews about 6 hours to get the Explorer and the semi out of the store. If you want to see videos taken that night by a local news crew then go here: http://www.newschannel10.com/category/281440/truck-crashes-into-mcdonalds