DANISH INN Crash: update – restaurant to re-open, & victim’s names released


August 26th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Car crashes into the Danish Inn Thursday evening

Additional information was released this morning about an accident in Elk Horn Thursday evening, which injured four people. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office says a 2007 Toyota driven by 66-year old Patricia Miller, of Harlan, went out of control at around 5:40-p.m. as Miller was attempting to park her car outside the Danish Inn. The vehicle crashed through the north wall of the building, causing minor injuries to three people inside the restaurant.

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 car crashing into the north side of the building. He says three people were knocked to the ground and injured.

A front seat passenger in the car, 68-year old Larry Miller, of Harlan, was also injured. The injured restaurant patrons were identified as 62-year old Richard Clough, 63-year old Sandra Clough, and 87-year old Jim Tyler, all from Atlantic. Those in the restaurant were transported by Elk Horn Fire and Rescue to the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic, while the passenger in the car was taken to Myrtue Memorial Hospital in Harlan. None of the restaurant’s staff were injured.

The restaurant, which sustained about $2,500 damage, was closed for the rest of the evening, but was expected to re-open today (Friday), at noon.  The car sustained $3,000 damage.