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Tow truck crashes into Yoshinoya restaurant in Koreatown; 6 injured

July 28, 2011 | 12:16 pm

Y restaurant hit in crash

Yoshi A flatbed tow truck slammed into a Yoshinoya restaurant in Koreatown on Thursday morning, injuring six people, one of them critically, authorities said.

The crash forced the evacuation of a medical clinic on the second floor of the strip mall where Yoshinoya is housed at the intersection of Normandie Avenue and Beverly Boulevard. Six people were injured, but only five were taken to local hospitals.

"The truck is halfway in the restaurant," said eyewitness Mirna Lopez, who works at the dental clinic above the restaurant.

Lopez described a chaotic scene. She said a couple employees suffered injuries and one woman was thrown across the restaurant.

She said she overhead the truck driver apologizing for the crash. He told customers and employees at the restaurant that his brakes failed.

Building and safety inspectors are on the scene trying to determine the extent of the structural damage.

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-- Andrew Blankstein and Kate Mather. Photographer Al Seib also contributed to this report.

Photo: Six people were injured when a flatbed tow truck slammed into a Yoshinoya restaurant in Koreatown on Thursday morning. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Image: Map shows location where a truck crashed into a Yoshinoya restaurant in Koreatown. Source: Google Maps

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