A Springfield Panera Bread restaurant near Missouri State University was damaged Thursday when a vehicle crashed into it.
Cris Swaters, public affairs officer for the Springfield Police Department, said a black 2015 Mercedes-Benz G55 was traveling southbound on National Avenue and failed to turn onto eastbound Elm Street when it hit the 500 S. National Ave. restaurant. The vehicle went fully inside the restaurant through a wall and window on the west side of the building, a Springfield Business Journal reporter observed.
Swaters said the damage to the building appears to be cosmetic. The driver of the vehicle was uninjured, and two restaurant patrons were taken to the hospital with minor injuries, she said.
"Impairment is not suspected to be a factor in this crash," Swaters said via email, noting officers responded to the accident at 4:28 p.m. “The circumstances of the crash are still under investigation.”
The accident caused northbound traffic on National between Cherry and Elm streets to be closed for a short time, according to the Springfield Police Department.
The restaurant is one of five Panera Bread cafes in Springfield. The location involved in the crash is not currently listed on Panera's website. Its Facebook page indicates the store is temporarily closed.
Calls and emails to Panera officials were not immediately returned by deadline.
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