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Local Teen Says She’s Lucky To Be Alive After Dairy Queen Crash

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PENN HILLS (KDKA) — There are new details on the terrifying moments inside the Dairy Queen in Penn Hills, as a truck crashed through the side of the restaurant.

An employee inside at the time of the crash is sharing her story.

Sherrelle Berry, 19, was released from the hospital Thursday night, after she was hurt earlier in the day when a pickup truck plowed into the Dairy Queen where she was working.

Berry told KDKA-TV’s Ralph Iannotti, “It was horrific. I used all my strength to pick an ice cream machine off of me.”

She suffered bruises on her head, back and shoulder, and is on pain medication. But she said, “I thought a bomb had exploded. I feel I’m just lucky to be alive tonight.”

She was helped out of the Dairy Queen window by some people outside the business after she got the debris off of her.

In all, five people went to the hospital after the truck, towing a trailer with landscaping equipment, slammed into the side of the Verona Road restaurant.

Fire Chief Joe McMeekin said when he got to the scene moments after the crash, “people were laying all over the place.”

Watch raw video of the scene from NewsChopper 2:

Click here to view of photo gallery of the damage.

Penn Hills Police are investigating the cause of the crash.

Chief McMeekin said the truck driver told him his brakes may have failed.

Another woman in the DQ was hurt; she’s expected to remain in the hospital at least overnight.

There were four men in the truck at the time of the accident. Three were transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

RELATED LINKS:
Vehicle Crashes Into Penn Hills Dairy Queen, Multiple Injuries Reported (7/24/14)
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