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Child Hurt After Being Trapped Under Truck That Crashed Into Columbia Hardee's

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Child Hurt After Being Trapped Under Truck That Crashed Into Columbia Hardee's

CREATED May 30, 2014
COLUMBIA, Tenn. – A child was seriously hurt after being trapped underneath a pickup truck that crashed into a Hardee’s restaurant in Columbia on Friday morning.

Columbia Police said an 85-year-old male driver of a pickup truck crashed into the restaurant on Hampshire Pike just after 8 a.m. His pickup truck struck a grandfather and his two grandsons, ages 5 and 7, who were eating breakfast in a booth by the window. 

“Apparently instead of hitting the brake he hit the gas and went through the window and struck the table right where they were sitting,” said Sgt. Thomas Ehret with the Columbia Police Department.

The 7-year-old was trapped underneath the pickup truck, and witnesses on the scene told NewsChannel 5 that attempts to rescue the child were unsuccessful until the emergency crews arrived.

“One boy was pinned underneath the truck. We got the littlest one out, but the older one was still under there so we tried to pick the truck up and all of us couldn't pick it up,” Hardee’s employee Richard Eddy told NewsChannel 5.

The Columbia Fire Department used rescue air bags to lift the pickup truck off the boy, who was taken by LifeFlight to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. A condition was unknown. 

The other grandson along with the driver of the truck were taken to Maury Regional Medical Center. The grandfather suffered some cuts to his arm, and was treated on scene. 

A passenger in the truck was not hurt.

Officials were unsure of what caused the driver to strike the building, but said it remained under investigation. 

“He seemed fine. He seemed coherent from what I observed, didn't seem to be anything that would make him inebriated or anything like that, Sgt. Ehret stated.

No names were immediately released.

Employees said both the driver and the grandfather were regulars at the restaurant. It was unclear when the business would reopen.