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.