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Semitrailer knocks down Wellington restaurant

Posted at 7:26 AM, Jan 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-16 19:54:49-05

WELLINGTON, Utah — A Wellington restaurant was destroyed early Wednesday morning when a semitrailer crashed into the building.

The restaurant is Los Jilbertos, at 15 W Main St. Wellington Police said via Facebook Wednesday afternoon that the restaurant is a total loss. Everyone involved in the crash, including the owners who were inside the restaurant at the time, suffered only minor injuries.

A GoFundMe account has been set up for the owners, who relied on the restaurant as their sole source of income, according to police.

According to UHP, the semitrailer was traveling too fast for the road conditions when it left the roadway and crashed into the restaurant, causing the building to collapse.

The restaurant was open for business and its owners were in the building at the time of the crash. When troopers arrived at the scene, the restaurant's male owner was standing outside and said his wife was trapped inside the building.

"They called out to the female subject who advised she was uninjured. Officers entered the collapsed building, extracting the female subject," a blog post from the Utah Department of Public Safety said.

All three people involved in the crash were taken to a hospital with varying injuries.

"Currently those involved in the accident are being treated at Castleview Hospital with only minor injuries. The business involved is obviously closed," Wellington Police wrote on Facebook.

The Facebook post said  SR-6 will be closed to traffic between mile markers 246.5 and 249.5.

"Eastbound traffic will needed to follow 400 West to Railroad Avenue, then to 100 East and south to Ridge Road, then east to SR 6. West Bound traffic will need to take Ridge Road to SR 10," a Facebook post from Wellington PD said.

School has been canceled at the nearby Wellington Elementary School as electricity in the area had to be shut down after the crash.

"All students who made it to school are safe and will be bused home. If parents would like to pick up their kids, they can as long as they do not use Main street from 100 East to 200 West," Wellington Police wrote on Facebook.

Power, gas and towing companies responded to the scene to assess the damage.

Large portions of Wellington will be without electricity and gas for part of Wednesday.

Watch FOX 13 for updates.