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SUV crashes into Pa. restaurant

April 19, 1999|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Diners and employees were shaken up Monday night, but no one was injured when a Chevy Suburban crashed through a plate glass window at the 30 West Family Restaurant, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

It happened at about 7:50 p.m., according to George Magalas, who said his father owns the restaurant at 1021 Lincoln Way West.

Magalas said the truck missed one table of customers by just a few feet. The man, whom he did not know, was unhurt.

Trooper Jeffrey Sarver said the driver, Walter Filkowski of 405 S. Main St., Mercersburg, was unhurt. His wife was also in the 1996 Suburban and was uninjured.

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According to Sarver, Filkowski was parked in front of the restaurant and backed into its sign along the road. Filkowski told Sarver he put the truck in drive and it jumped forward, hitting the southeast corner of the building.

Sarver said he is still investigating the incident.

Magalas said there were five employees and eight customers in the restaurant at the time. He said part of the roof was in danger of collapsing and the Pennsylvania Department of Health was there last night to determine if the restaurant could reopen today.

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