Crews clean up 'extensive' damage at Outback Steakhouse

Crews clean up 'extensive' damage at Outback Steakhouse

Amarillo, TX - Extensive damage is left behind after a semi crashed into Outback Steakhouse Saturday night.

Crews spent Sunday afternoon cleaning up the wreckage.

Police said a pickup driving too fast for the icy road conditions on I-40 lost control and struck the semi-truck, which caused the semi to lose control as well.

After the semi slid off the highway, it plowed through several trees and 14 cars in the parking lot, before colliding into an employee restroom area.

"I was just sitting there eating," said Colton Hixson. "Next thing I know I hear this big loud noise. I didn't know what it was but something shook. I've never been in an earthquake but that's what it sounded like."

Luckily, no Outback Steakhouse employees or patrons were injured. The driver and passenger of the semi were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

"It was kind of scary. I was about 20 to 30 ft. away," said Hixson. "I'm just glad I'm okay and everyone else seems like they're okay. I just hope the driver is okay as well."

T-Miller Wrecker Service said it took three hours to remove the semi. That's because once crews started pulling it out, cars that had been pushed into the building started leaking gas. The Amarillo Fire Department then took extra precautions to prevent a fire.

Police said damage to the restaurant is extensive but there is no estimate of the cost of damage at this time.

No charges have been filed against the driver of the pick-up who police said caused the crash, but the incident remains under investigation.

Madison Alewel - NewsChannel 10