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Three people inside the restaurant had possible injuries and one of them was taken to the hospital after a pickup truck crashed into the side of the Waffle House on South Illinois Avenue just after noon Friday, police officers and workers said.
Emergency workers also checked out the male driver at the scene, but he declined to be taken to the hospital, authorities said.
The crash, which punched a hole in the wall behind the grill, occurred at about 12:08 p.m. Friday. The cause wasn’t immediately known, the Oak Ridge Police Department said.
There were reports that there had been a small explosion at the grill, but that hadn’t been confirmed, the ORPD said.
Several employees and customers inside the Waffle House reported hearing a boom or explosion.
“It sounded like it was blowing up,” server Deborah Driggers said. “All I remember is screaming, ‘Everyone out because we’ve got gas.'” [Read more…]