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Official: High-speed crash damages Gettysburg restaurant

Liz Evans Scolforo
505-5429/@LizScolforoYD
  • A vehicle reduced part of a Gettysburg restaurant to rubble when it crashed into it.
  • Borough manager Charles Gable said the vehicle's speedometer was reported stuck at 91 mph.

A portion of a Gettysburg restaurant was reduced to rubble Friday morning when a vehicle crashed into it, apparently at nearly 100 mph.

Borough manager Charles Gable said the crash happened about 2:45 a.m. at Li's Buffet, 165 York St., and added it's not yet known whether the building will be deemed salvageable or will have to be torn down.

"It would be fair to say there are some structural integrity issues with the building," he said. "Crews are currently building retaining walls around the building ... so if it continues to collapse, it won't collapse onto York Street."

Li's Buffet at 165 York St. in Gettysburg was badly damaged when a car crashed into it about 2:45 a.m. Friday, Sept. 2, 2016.
(Photo courtesy of Steve Roth / 911 Photography)

The driver of the vehicle was trapped for about 90 minutes until he could be extricated and flown by medical helicopter to a local hospital, the borough manager said.

An ambulance crew tending to the driver inside the vehicle reported that the vehicle's speedometer was stuck at 91 mph, according to Gable.

"It's pretty incredible," he said.

Walked away: Witnesses reported seeing a second person in the vehicle leaving the scene on foot before Gettysburg Police arrived, according to Gable.

No one else was hurt, he said.

"The building was vacant at the time of the accident," Gable said. An apartment on the second floor was not occupied at the time, and no one from neighboring buildings has been displaced, he confirmed.

That entire section of York Street — which is Route 30 — was closed until about 12:30 p.m. Friday, Gable said. At that point, one lane was opened to westbound traffic, he said.

The road had reopened by Monday, according to 511pa.com.

Police continue to investigate, Gable said.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twittter at @LizScolforoYD.