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Photo submitted A Morgan Linen Supply truck crashed into the China King restaurant on South Water Street in Gowanda around 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Heavy equipment was called in to consolidate the building before the truck could be removed. No injuries were reported.

GOWANDA – A restaurant building was heavily damaged on Tuesday after being hit by a vehicle in the village.

According to the Gowanda Volunteer Fire Department Facebook page, at around 9:30 a.m., firefighters, Gowanda Ambulance Service and Gowanda Police were dispatched to a crashed motor vehicle delivery truck in a China King Restaurant building at the corner of South Water and Jamestown streets.

Upon arrival, rescue personnel observed a Morgan Linen delivery truck crashing into the side of China King. Extensive damage was caused to the building. The delivery truck was driven by a 34 year old man from Jamestown. His name has not been released.

The vehicle struck the gas line inside the building, causing a major gas leak. National Fuel was immediately notified and responded to the scene. Nearby businesses and residents were temporarily evacuated until the gas leak was closed. The gas meter was located in the basement of the building, preventing firefighters from shutting off gas to the building. National Fuel must have stopped him on the road.

According to firefighters, the driver of the vehicle was not injured in the accident and refused medical treatment. South Water Street remained closed until the vehicle could be safely removed from the building.

Firefighters said the driver had no medical issues that caused the crash. He was turning left from East Main Street to South Water Street when he apparently slipped out of the driver’s seat and in doing so, as he slid out of the seat, he grabbed the steering wheel and sharply turned the vehicle left . and crashed into the building.

Teams from Winters Rigging in North Collins were invited to the scene to consolidate the retaining walls and ceiling beams before the vehicle could be removed. Fire crews remained on site until 3 p.m., when the building was secured.

The village road crew was called in and removed all the building debris that was on the roadway. The crews have cleared the road, which will be temporarily closed until the contractor can close the building.

Due to the severity of the accident and the damage caused, China King is closed until further notice. The application of the village code also intervened on the spot.

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