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      7 people injured in multi-car accident at McDonald's

      A Ford Explorer and a red Peterbuilt tractor trailer came to rest inside the McDonald's on N. Pierce and Amarillo Blvd.

      At almost 10 p.m. on April 8, officers responded to a three-car accident at the intersection of Amarillo Blvd. and N. Pierce that sent seven people to the hospital, none of whom sustained life threatening injuries.

      A semi truck headed south on N. Pierce when it collided with an eastbound white Honda four door in the intersection. The truck's initial impact was on the HOnda's left front, but the car sustained heavy damage.

      The semi truck veered to the east, crossed the curb, and struck a Ford Explorer that was parked on the west side of McDonald's on the southeast corner of Amarillo Blvd. and N. Pierce. The impact pushed the Explorer through the wall of the building. The truck also entered the building and rolled over on its side, coming to rest on top of the Explorer.

      The female driver of the Explorer was removed fromt he car and taken to the hospital.

      Amarillo Fire Department personnel were able to extract the driver from the semi at around 11:45 p.m. The semi truck was removed from the building at approximately 3:15 a.m., and the Explorer was removed about 4 a.m. The interesection was re-opened for traffic about 4:15 a.m.

      A total of seven people went to the hopsital by ambulance or private car, including the driver of the semi truck, the driver of the Explorer, and five other people including those in the white Honda as well as those from inside the restaurant. None are reported as suffering from life threatening injuries.

      Investigators believe that a red light violation was the primary cause of the accident. No citations have been issued pending additional investigation.