TOLEDO - The driver of a semi that crashed into Tony Packo's Restaurant in east Toledo Friday morning has died.
The incident happened around 7:15 a.m. at the legendary restaurant at Front and Consaul Streets.
Investigators say the truck was headed down Front Street when it veered off the roadway and into the front entrance to the restaurant.
The driver's name has not yet been released. No one was inside the restaurant at the time.
The driver of the truck was freed from the cab within 20 minutes, according to Toledo Fire and Rescue Lt. Matthew Hertzfeld, and taken to Mercy St. Vincent's Medical Center where he later died from his injuries.
Crews are working to determine the extent of damage to the building. There is significant structural damaged to the front of the building, according to Lt. Hertzfeld. Officials do not want to do any further structural damage to the building when the truck is removed.
The restaurant will remain closed through Friday with plans to re-open during normal business hours on Saturday, August 2.
â??We want to express our condolences to the family of the truck driver, and we are grateful that no one else was injured,â?? said Scott Radel, VP Operations & Human Resources at Bennett Management Corporation. â??Our first priority is for our customers and team membersâ?? safety."
Radel said most of the damage was contained to the restaurant's bar area.