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2 injured after car crashes into Panda Express in Springfield

Officials say the damage was superficial and the structure of the building is safe.

Posted: Aug 4, 2019 7:21 PM
Updated: Aug 5, 2019 10:45 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Two people were taken to the hospital Sunday afternoon after a car crashed into a Panda Express on Gateway Street, police said.

According to Springfield Police, the crash happened after 4 p.m. when a car left the southbound lane of Gateway Street and ran through a window into the restaurant. The driver and passenger of the car were both sent to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Officials say the damage was superficial and the structure of the building is safe. 

The car also knocked down a utility pole that blocked the southbound lane of Gateway Street for about a half-hour, causing heavy traffic on the road, police said.

"I was outside having a cigarette on my apartment down there when I hear this big crash," said Fredrick Sieveking, who witnessed the aftermath of the crash. "(I saw) this car there and the guy on the ground. The ambulance was taking care of him real good."

A tow truck later removed the car, and the pole was moved off of the street. The restaurant's window was also boarded up.

A manager at Panda Express told KEZI 9 News that the store will be closed Sunday evening, but will re-open Monday.

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