KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – A car smashed into a Klamath Falls Subway restaurant late Wednesday afternoon.
Business owner Nancy Areu said she’d just left the store on Washburn Way when she got the news. “The employees called, and said someone had driven their vehicle into the lobby of the store.”
Areu said the damage was much worse than she expected. “I was envisioning maybe a little run into the front doors, but the vehicle was completely lodged inside the front part of the lobby.”
Despite a busy dinner rush, no one in the store was hurt. The driver and her two passengers had only minor scrapes and bruises.
“It could have been worse,” Areu said. “But thankfully, it wasn’t—and there was nobody sitting at those front tables.”
Police say the driver hit the gas instead of the brake. No citations have been issued.
The impact drove a sandwich counter into a back wall.
“We are closed for several weeks,” Areu explained. “I’m waiting to hear from the claims adjuster. There’s quite a bit of extensive damage to the front end of the store, and the back end of the store.”
While the damage was extensive, Areu said it could have been much worse. “I’m very thankful that no one was hurt. It could have been very, very bad.”
No dollar estimate of damage has yet been made.
Areu said her customers can still get Subway sandwiches at her stores on South Sixth Street, and on Main Street.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.