Tractor-Trailer Hits Restaurant; 1 Dead
Police not sure what happened yet in Ithaca
By John Johnson, Newser Staff | Suggested by butterbutterbutter
Posted Jun 21, 2014 10:58 AM CDT
A truck that crashed into Simeon's restaurant is shown in Ithaca, N.Y., Friday.   (AP Photo/Simon Wheeler, Ithaca Journal)

(Newser) – A tractor-trailer carrying cars slammed into a restaurant in Ithaca, NY, yesterday, killing one person and injuring seven others, reports the Ithaca Journal. The driver survived, and the investigation is continuing into what happened. A witness tells the newspaper that the truck didn't sound its horn as it came barreling down East Hill and that she heard no screeching brakes before impact. The Ithaca Voice talks to another witness, one of a number of pedestrians who had to jump out of the truck's way. "Thank God I'm here today," he says. Ithaca is home to both Cornell and Ithaca College. (It's the second high-profile tractor-trailer accident this month, the other being the crash that critically injured Tracy Morgan. He's since been moved to rehab.)

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Jun 21, 2014 11:56 PM CDT
I hope this is not a case of another truck driver worked to death by corporate greed. These drivers have real good records and carrying such cargo special insurance. Very bad situation such as life.
Lou Bernardo
Jun 21, 2014 3:12 PM CDT
Probably skidmarks or no skidmarks would be a better judge of if the driver tried to apply brakes. Loss of airbrakes is a possibility or maybe someone driving and texting cut the truck off. Anything is possible today with the cellphone zombies on the roads.
Jun 21, 2014 2:21 PM CDT
Wow, this must be really big news in that college town. My memory of Ithaca is that it is pretty close to anyone's idea of Eden.