Tuesday evening employees at Bless Your Heart restaurant off 19th and Louisville got an unexpected surprise while working.
Around 7p.m. a man drove his pickup truck into the front of the restaurant until the vehicle was completely inside the building.
"It took him a second to get out and he opened the door. We were all just seeing if everybody was ok," said one of the employees who was working at the time of the accident. "He was fine, but he looked more shaken up than we did."
Carlton Britton was the driver of the truck and says he was going to wait for his wife who was inside getting food at the counter. As he tried to park he accidentally hit the gas instead of the breaks, and he went barreling through the front wall.
No one was seriously injured, but Britton actually hit his wife at the counter knocking her over. She had minor scratches on her leg.
The manager of Bless Your Heart says the force of the impact also knocked another woman about five feet from where she was sitting. She went to the hospital with glass in her arm. "I've worked here for 23 years and that's the first time I've ever seen anything like this," said Gerald Narvaez, restaurant manager. "I'm just glad everybody was ok because we could have seriously gotten hurt."
Narvaez says those at Bless Your Heart were truly blessed today. The truck barely missed the cash register area where employees were standing and a table nearby where employees take their breaks. He also says they're usually really busy during that time, but thankfully business was slow.
City engineers will inspect the building tomorrow and determine how much structure damage there is. Depending on their findings, it's unsure how long Bless Your Heart will stay closed.
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