CLARKS HILL, Ind. (WLFI) - A crash that took place over the weekend has brought to light the plans for an old dinner U.S. 52 near Clarks Hill. According to the Tippecanoe County sheriff’s office, on Saturday, an SUV was traveling northbound, when another vehicle pulled out in front of it. The Sheriffs Office says the SUV driver lost control and ran into the diner trying to avoid the car that pulled out in front of them.
The driver, Kiersti Sickbert, suffered minor injuries, while a passenger was taken to IU Health Arnett with back pain. After speaking with the driver she said the passenger who fractured her vertebra. She added that her SUV was totaled during the crash.
The crash left a large hole in the side of the building. The county building commissioner says J&J Food Mart owns the old diner. The company has had plans to build a gas station on the site since 2018. The commissioner says they have not yet requested a demolition permit, but that they are in the final stages of the permitting process to begin the construction project. He expects the new project to be finished by the end of 2020.