UPDATE: Semitrailer driver dies after vehicle crashes into Tony Packo’s

TOLEDO (AP) — Authorities say a semitrailer driver has died after he crashed into well-known Toledo hot dog eatery Tony Packo’s.


Photo via WTOL-TV

Police are still investigating the crash. No one was inside the restaurant at the time.

Toledo Fire Lt. Matthew Hertzfeld says firefighters were dispatched to the scene at about 7:15 a.m. Friday. He says the driver had to be extricated from the vehicle. The man’s name has not been released.

Hertzfeld says the restaurant has significant structural damage to its front and will have to be stabilized.

Tony Packo’s became a household name in the 1970s when actor Jamie Farr portrayed a homesick U.S. soldier in the Korean War who longed for Packo’s hot dogs.

The original Packo’s remains a tourist destination and is decorated with “M-A-S-H” memorabilia.

Police are reviewing red light cameras at the intersection to find out what happened, according to WTOL-TV. There are no skid marks on the road, and witnesses have given conflicting reports. Some have said a driver cut the semi off, while others said there was no one in front of him, and he just ran straight into the building.

Health inspectors have given the restaurant approval to reopen once the truck is removed and the damage repaired.


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