Channel 11 Emails...

Delivered To Your Inbox

Truck plows into Penn Hills Dairy Queen; 5 hurt



PENN HILLS, Pa. - Investigators continue to search for what caused a pickup truck to slam into a Penn Hill Dairy Queen Thursday. 

Five people were hurt when a GMC Sierra carrying a trailer plowed through the side of the business on Verona Road.

“Nobody saw it coming,” said witness Lanae Thorne. “It sounded like an explosion."
One of the store’s owners was in the rear of the building when the accident happened.  She was taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Channel 11’s Pamela Osborne reported.
Employee Shannyn Clark wasn’t there at the time of the accident.  Her friend was there but wasn’t  seriously hurt.
“She had debris all over her.  She just looked real shocked.  She said her head and foot hurt,” said Clark.
“She got out because we pulled her through a window,” said Thorne.
The impact also caused a gas leak, according to Osborne.  First responders shut off the gas and electric in the area to prevent a potentially bigger problem.
The other four people injured were taken to Forbes Hospital.  Their names and conditions haven’t been released.
One of the people in the truck said the brakes may have failed.  Police are investigating the cause of the crash.