Community rallies around Denison restaurant hit by truck

Published: Oct. 21, 2020 at 6:00 PM CDT
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DENISON, Texas (KXII) - The community is rallying together behind Nick’s Family Restaurant after a truck plowed through their building Monday.

Now, there are boards cover the hole where a truck crashed through Monday.

Because of that crash, Nick’s Family Restaurant is closed until further notice.

Community members said they are stepping up to give back to the place that’s given so much to Texoma.

“They do things for the first responders, they feed them all the time, they do things for the homeless people, they feed people for Thanksgiving every year for free, it’s a huge thing for us to be able to give them anything back," Chey Halk said.

Halk and Kari Kasachkoff said when they heard about the truck that drove through Nick’s, they knew they wanted to help.

Six people were taken to the hospital, five who were inside and the driver.

Some of those were employees at Nick’s.

Halk and Kasachkoff are organizing a poker run and auction October 31 benefiting the restaurant.

They said they are in need of auction items, and can be contacted through Facebook or at (903)-624-1847.

“The employees that aren’t able to work full time like they have been, and just helping any of them that may have a medical expense because those medical bills will add up," Kasachkoff said.

Whittney Carson also started a GoFundMe to help with expenses.

Carson’s husband is a Denison firefighter.

“This place just means a lot to them, so whenever that call came across it hit home for all of them, and they were all here to make sure they were okay," Carson said.

Denison fire chief Gregg Lloyd said two of the injuries were serious.

Lloyd said it is possible the driver had a medical episode, but they are still working to determine the cause of the crash.

“I’m hoping that everybody will just give back to them because they’re only going to keep blessing people later on, this isn’t the end of Nick’s," Kasachkoff said.

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