Monday, October 22, 2012

Semi-Truck runs into diner and kills Nevada Man

A terrible semi-truck accident claims the life of a Nevada man after semi truck crashes into local restaurant.  This is just a sad story where a local man that went to the same restaurant nearly everyday and sat and had a cup of coffee, was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

Victim of Missouri diner crash always sat in the same booth
Here is the article in the KC Star.

Joseph Cole, the customer who died Friday when a tractor-trailer plowed into a diner, went there for coffee nearly every day and always sat in the same booth, his son says.  The Missouri Highway Patrol said Cole, 54, was killed when the semi barreled into the Quick Dine Restaurant.

“I just knew it. I knew where he sits in the diner and the truck was right through there,” said Travis Cole, a Nevada police officer who was off duty at the time of the crash. “I had someone call and ask if I was working the accident up there. I wasn’t, but as I saw the scene and the truck, I knew right away. My dad was always there.”

Cole told The Star’s reporting partner, KCTV5, that he has seen his share of bad accidents but wasn’t prepared for a crash like the one that killed his father.  “It doesn’t seem real. It hasn’t kicked in yet. I’m sure it will once everything settles down.”

Fellow diner John Becker, 72, of Nevada, was listed in critical condition Saturday night, while Roger Berning, 60, of El Dorado Springs, was in good condition. A fourth person, Pamela Hoover, 47, of Nevada, was taken by ambulance to a hospital with moderate injuries.  The Highway Patrol said the accident happened after a car pulled away from a stop sign and into the path of the semi, which was southbound on U.S. 71. The truck driver tried unsuccessfully to avoid hitting the car, then slammed into the restaurant. Neither driver was injured.

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