6 hurt, 2 serious after pickup crashes into Denison restaurant

A pickup crashed into Nick's Family Restaurant in downtown Denison Monday morning.
A pickup crashed into Nick's Family Restaurant in downtown Denison Monday morning.(KXII)
Published: Oct. 19, 2020 at 12:08 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 19, 2020 at 12:29 PM CDT
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DENISON, Texas (KXII) - Multiple people were injured when a pickup crashed into the dining area of a downtown Denison restaurant Monday morning.

It happened around 11:30 a.m. at Nick’s Family Restaurant at the northeast corner of South Austin and Crawford Street.

A silver Ford pickup with a camper could be seen almost completely into the dining area of the building that faces South Austin Avenue.

“We were in the very back of Nick’s we were waiting for our food, and heard a noise that sounded like dishes breaking so we thought somebody had dropped some dishes," Anita Townsend said.

Townsend said she was on the other side of the restaurant when she heard the crash.

“And all of a sudden we heard a big pop and I heard the owner’s daughter scream, so I came straight out to make sure she was okay, and that’s when we saw the truck that had come through the building," Townsend said.

Denison Fire Chief Gregg Lloyd says the call came in at 11:22 a.m. and firefighters were there within two and a half minutes.

“There was like four or five of us on the phone calling 911," Townsend said.

“We have transported five patients, so there are six patients total, the last one being the elderly driver," Lloyd said.

Lloyd said two of the people inside had serious injuries.

The driver of the pickup was pinned inside for about 30 minutes following the crash before he was extricated and taken to the hospital.

“It appears as though he came from Whataburger across the road into Nick’s Family Restaurant," Lloyd said.

Lloyd confirmed a pole near the Whataburger was also hit as part of the same crash.

Townsend said she is grateful they were seated where they were.

“We normally sit right there in the front, we happened to sit in the back today, God was watching over us and put us in the back of the building," Townsend said.

This is a developing story. Stay tuned to News 12 for updated information as we get it.

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