Seven people have been hospitalized after a multiple-vehicle collision caused one car to be pushed through the building of a fast food restaurant. The accident happened at Mcdonalds in Amarillo, Texas.
The wreck began when a tractor-trailer loaded with hay entered an intersection then struck a Honda with three passengers. The collision caused the rig to go over a curb and into a Mcdonald’s parking lot where it hit and propelled a SUV into the Mcdonald’s building.
Along with the passengers of the vehicles, two people in the restaurant were also hospitalized, but there were no life-threatening injuries. Authorities say that the initial crash was due to running a red light.
Drivers running red lights is the leading cause for crashes in urban areas, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. In 2005, 165,000 injuries and over 800 fatalities were attributed to running red lights with over 1.8 million wrecks occurring in intersections. The average costs to the public due to red light accidents are more than 14 billion each year.
According to The Federal Highway Administration, one in three people claim that they personally know someone injured or killed in a red-light running crash. Red light wrecks are easily avoidable, by being an aware driver and staying on the lookout when driving through intersections, red light crashes can be decreased.