August 25th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

View from north side of restaurant, looking west

View from North side looking southeast

Dinner time at a popular restaurant in Elk Horn was disrupted this (Thursday) evening, when a car crashed into the building, injuring three people, two women and a man. The accident happened at around 5:40-p.m. Vern Kline owner of the Danish Inn, told KJAN News it was a normal night, when all of the sudden there was a crash.

Kline said he heard a loud noise, and turned to see a red Toyota Solara crashing into the north side of the building. He says three people were knocked to the ground. The car entered past the driver’s side door into the structure.

Kline said there were two people in the vehicle. He said they appeared to be fine, but three patrons in the restaurant were injured. The extent of their injuries was not immediately known, but Kline says they were taken away on stretchers. One of the patrons was nearly directly in front of the vehicle at a table, when it crashed. Two others were seated off to the side. None of the restaurant’s staff were injured.

The restaurant was closed for the rest of the evening, and it was unclear when it would reopen. Kline said he and his staff are still in shock over the event.  Additional details on the injured and what caused the crash are currently not available.