Car crashes into East Knoxville restaurant

Car crashes into East Knoxville restaurant

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A car crashed into Philippine Connection on Magnolia Avenue Wednesday morning. A car crashed into Philippine Connection on Magnolia Avenue Wednesday morning.
The owners are thankful the accident didn't happen just two hours later because the place would have been packed. The owners are thankful the accident didn't happen just two hours later because the place would have been packed.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Knoxville restaurant is currently closed after a car crashed through the front wall, destroying the building.

It happened Wednesday morning just before 9:30 at the Philippine Connection restaurant on East Magnolia Avenue. One person was transported to the hospital for minor injuries.

The Philippine Connection restaurant has been on Magnolia Avenue for 25 years. Two sisters own the business that is now boarded up.

"I was so stunned. I don't know what to say. I don't know what I'm feeling right now," said Connie Limbaugh.

Limbaugh got a call about the crash just minutes after it happened.

"My sister called and said there is a car in the restaurant. I was shocked. I didn't believe it. I said, 'A car in the restaurant!' and the restaurant is demolished," said Limbaugh.

Limbaugh's sister and co-owner of the restaurant Aida Davison was on her way to open the business.

"So it's just God's blessing that we not here not inside of there because we could have gotten hurt bad," said Davison.

According to the Knoxville Police Department, a 53-year-old woman was driving east on Magnolia Avenue when she suffered some type of medical problem causing her to crash into the Philippine Connection. No one was inside the business at the time. The driver suffered minor injuries.

The owners are thankful the accident didn't happen just two hours later because the place would have been packed. In the front of the building is where the counter would be. The customers would be ordering and paying for their food. In the middle of the restaurant is where the patrons would have been dining.

Both the driver and the business owners are insured. The sisters hope the restaurant will reopen in a month. They and their employees rely on the lunch sales for their salary. But as the business is rebuilt Davison will be looking for another source of income.

"I've got to look for me a job today after this," said Davison.

The driver was transported to Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center for treatment and observation. No charges are expected to be filed in this incident.

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