2 injured after car crashes into Panera restaurant near Missouri State University

Published: Apr. 27, 2023 at 4:54 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 27, 2023 at 9:12 PM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - Police say two people inside a Panera in Springfield suffered minor injuries after an SUV crashed into the restaurant.

Officers responded to the crash around 4 p.m. at the restaurant at National and Elm. That is near the Missouri State University campus.

The SUV ended up entirely inside the restaurant, destroying the front of the building. Police have not said what led up to the crash. The driver did not suffer any injuries.

According to SPD, the car was heading south on National and was turning east onto Elm and failed to negotiate the turn.

Police closed part of National Avenue between Cherry and Elm to investigate the crash.

Police say this is not the first time a vehicle has hit the restaurant in the last few years.

KY3 reached out to Panera, and they told us the restaurant will be closed for the foreseeable future due to the building not being structurally sound.

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