Editor's note: This article has been updated to include identifying information about the victims and their injuries according to an SPD news release. Additional photos have also been added.

One person is dead and five others are injured after a pickup truck crashed into the dining room at Wendy’s on Monday night.

According to Sedalia Police Department Cpl. A.J. Silvey, at 5:58 p.m. a truck was traveling south on South Limit Avenue when it suddenly veered east and left the roadway in front of the American Inn, 1217 S. Limit Ave. It traveled through some landscaping and then struck the front of the Wendy’s dining room, 1301 S. Limit Ave. 

“Exactly why (the vehicle left the road), we don’t know yet,” Silvey said.

Silvey said eight people were in the front portion of the dining room when the truck crashed into the restaurant. Five people were injured and one elderly woman was killed. Silvey said of those five, one elderly man was seriously injured and was taken by Life Flight to University Hospital in Columbia. Another of those five was a 10-year-old boy who was moderately injured and taken to Bothwell Regional Health Center but will be OK, Silvey said. According to a news release, two other adults were taken to Bothwell with minor injuries while a third adult sought treatment on his own for minor injuries.

Names were not released as SPD was still notifying next of kin.

Silvey said the driver, who was not identified, was arrested and taken to Bothwell Regional Health Center as a precaution before being taken to the Pettis County Jail.

“State charges are being requested for suspicion of DWI and then there will be more charges following pending the investigation,” Silvey said. “There’s going to be more, but we don’t know what.”

Almost the entire glass front of Wendy’s was destroyed, with glass strewn along the sidewalk and inside the building. Bricks had been thrown into the dining area by the crash and could be seen on the floor next to a table that still had food and food wrappers on it from someone’s dinner meal.

A crew from Don’s Truck Towing removed the truck from the building around 8 p.m. as crews from the Sedalia Fire Department, Sedalia Police Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol Crash Team were on scene. The Pettis County Ambulance District had also previously been on scene. An employee from the City of Sedalia Public Works Department arrived around 8 p.m. to inspect the structural integrity of the building as first responders worked the scene.

Northbound traffic was reduced to one lane for several hours.

Witnesses are encouraged to contact the SPD Traffic Unit at 660-826-1000.


Nicole Cooke is the editor for the Sedalia Democrat, overseeing all newsroom operations and assisting with news coverage of Sedalia and Pettis County. She can be reached at 660-530-0138 or on Twitter @NicoleRCooke.

(7) comments


To all of the people out there that "knows everything" and prejudges people by showing there "ignorance and narrow mindedness" , the tragedy that happened Sunday evening at the Wendy's in Sedalia was an "accident" caused by a medical episode not by alcohol like a lot of you stated, implied or thought. This has been proven by the results of the blood alcohol test given to the driver of which the results showed "zero" or "none" alcohol in the drivers system. The whole thing is a tragedy for those families of the injured and deceased but also for the driver who has been impacted as well from this "accident".


Guest43, Are you saying the guy that was driving that truck involved in the accident at Wendy's last night was driving on a suspended license? If so, where did you come up with that information?


Time for Sedalia to review ALL setback requirements along 50 & 65. Especially on 65...lot of places way to close to the highway. Of course, most places would be grandfathered in, but new construction would be required to build according to new requirements. I'm pretty sure that decades ago when those setbacks were written, 65 was not nearly as busy. Probably not even 4 lanes at that time. Imagine what that scene would have looked like had a commercial vehicle lost control...dump truck, concrete truck, 18 wheeler...Hopefully those injured will have a fast and complete recovery. Condolences to the family who lost a life last night...🙏


The guys licenses was suspended for DWI thats how they can say that


How can they arrest the driver? They think DWI? maybe it was a heart attack pr stroke? oh no not in Sedalia lets destroy a person that more fun. Remember June 13th 2020 a deputy put 5 bullets in a innocent 25 year old woman. Guess Law enforcement here hasn't learn their lesson from that or whats going on around the country. I doubt any charges filed will hold up in a court of law.


Shut up, Rick.


Dude are you really that big of an idiot. The issue with the deputy and the car crash at Wendy’s have nothing to do with one another. Besides I am pretty sure that there were signs of impairment not to mention that I’m sure that they did an blood alcohol test at the hospital. I’m sure you probably are the kind of person who thinks alll cops are bad. And I’m betting that if we look you probably have been in trouble with the law a few times

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