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Pickup crashes into laundromat

Truck pins man inside restroom

Published: Friday, March 8, 2013 1:01 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, March 8, 2013 8:20 p.m. CST
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(Herald Photo by Lisa Pesavento)
A pickup truck northbound on Illinois 47 in Morris crashed through the exterior wall of Soaps Laundromat and into the bathrooms after crashing into four other vehicles stopped at a red light at High Street and Illinois 47 Friday morning.

A pickup truck hit four stopped cars before plowing through the front of Soaps Laundromat on the corner of High Street and Illinois 47 in Morris Friday, injuring a man who was inside the building.

None of the drivers was injured.

The driver of the pickup that drove into the building was an off-duty Grundy County Sheriff’s Police employee, said Morris Police Chief Brent Dite.

“Upon the officers arriving on scene, we observed the driver of the vehicle as a sheriff’s department employee. With our close relationship with the sheriff’s department, the amount of property damage, and not knowing the severity of the injuries, it was decided the state police would be requested to come in and investigate the accident,” Dite said.

As of press time, the Illinois State Police were still investigation the crash and had not released the name of the driver, nor if any charges were to be filed. No citations had been issued as of Friday.

According to Dave Wiechen, Morris Fire Protection and Ambulance District captain, four cars were stopped in the northbound lanes at the intersection of High Street and Illinois 47 just before 11 a.m. Friday. The northbound pickup, he said, split between the cars before losing control and plowing through the front of the laundromat at 304 E. High St.

The pickup smashed into the restroom, where it pinned a man inside.

The man in the restroom was taken to Morris Hospital for unspecified injuries. According to Wiechen, he was able to “self-extricate” himself from the restroom.

The drivers all declined hospital treatment.

“How anybody survived this is amazing,” Wiechen said.

Despite initial concerns that the structural integrity of the building had been compromised, it was eventually deemed stable enough to remove the vehicle from the storefront.

Herald Writer Christina Chapman-Van Yperen contributed to this report.

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