Crews assessing damage after car slams into restaurant

READING, Pa. - A wild crash ended with a minivan slamming into a restaurant in Reading over the weekend. Now, crews are working to get things back to normal.

"This isn't something that's out of the ordinary for us. This is something that we deal with," said David Lugo, owner of Straight Line Construction.

Lugo is helping to assess the damage after a minivan rammed the side of Six One O Cafe in the 1900 block of Centre Avenue over the weekend.

"Right now, as far as we know, structurally a lot of the headers and some of the rafters got hit, maybe a mishift," said Lugo. "Some of the foundation is cracked."

According to the restaurant's owner, the insurance company has not yet figured out how much all the damage is going to cost, and repairs have not started.

Lugo told 69 News that the worst-case scenario is that it could be very expensive.

"We are looking anywhere between 50 to 100 grand," he said, "and those numbers could jack up from 100- to close to 300-hundred grand, so we just gotta see exactly what's wrong and make sure that we are going to get it done right and safely."

The restaurant needs the repairs following the crash, which happened around 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

Authorities said a vehicle heading south on Route 61 collided with a vehicle that was leaving FirstEnergy Stadium. It's not clear which vehicle was the minivan, but somehow, that minivan landed in the dining room of the restaurant, which was open.

No one inside of the restaurant was hurt, but five people in the cars had to be taken to the hospital. Authorities said they did not suffer any life-threatening injuries.

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