3 injured after loose trailer crashes into restaurant




Posted on October 25, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 25 at 5:38 PM

Trailer crashes into restaurant

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AUSTIN -- Three people have serious injuries after a cattle trailer broke free from a vehicle and crashed into the patio area of a Southeast Austin restaurant while customers were eating inside.

The incident happened around 2 p.m. at Mariana's Kitchen at 6002 Burleson Road between Judson Street and Montopolis Drive.

The driver says he was on his way to get lunch as he was driving up Burleson, and the hitch attaching his cattle trailer to his pickup broke off. The trailer rolled backwards and into the family-run restaurant.

"It is just shocking. It is like a dream. I didnt think anything like this would ever happen," said Oscar Ocampo who works at Mariana's. "Everybody was just screaming, and I didn't know where to start helping or what to do."

At least five people were injured; three people were taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge with minor injuries. The other two were treated at the restaurant.

A tow truck pulled the trailer out of the building. The driver says he's shocked at what happened.

Now Austin police say typically they do not file charges for these types of incidents. They said insurance will likely have to deal with it from here.

The restaurant will likely be closed for some time.