DALE, Ind. (WEHT) A fast food restaurant in Spencer County is still standing after taking a massive amount of damage in a crash Wednesday night.
The crash involving a semi truck and the Wendy’s restaurant building in Dale happened just before 10:00 p.m. just off Highway 231.
According to dispatchers, the semi went through one side of the building and all the way through the other side, basically splitting the interior in half.
The restaurant near Interstate 64 was open at the time and there were people inside. There have been no reports of any injuries.
Workers have spent most of the day here at Wendy’s patching up both sides of where the semi went in and out of the fast food restaurant during the accident. The accident left many customers and other here in the area stunned.
“I was a little surprised. It’s not something you see everyday,” says Don Jones, who lives and works near the Wendy’s.
“We were planning on getting ourselves a meal and then going on to Huntingburg,” adds Doreen Bland of Gentryville. But the accident that happened caused her and other customers to change their lunch plans.
“It looked like the drive-thru was busted open,” Bland said.
The semi went through an entrance and out the drive through lane. Some Wendy’s workers were inside at the time, but no one was injured.
“Looking at it now, I can’t hardly believe the damage that was done to the building,” says Amber Hill of Huntingburg.
Contractors started removing debris and food and sealed the building earlier today. Officials with Servus, who own and operate the restaurant, say they’re not sure how long the restaurant will be closed, but it could be months.
“Hopefully, they get their business back in place again,” says Bland.
Restaurant managers tell us the employees that work at this Wendy’s are being relocated to other locations, including in Ferdinand and Huntingburg.
(This story was originally published on September 5, 2019)