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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • No one hurt when car hits Dairy Queen

  • A normal trip to Dairy Queen had an abnormal ending Thursday afternoon for Lawrence and Elenora Steibel of Hannibal, whose car crashed into the north side of the building shortly after 2:30 p.m. While no one in the car or store was injured, it left a gaping hole in the structure.


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  • A normal trip to Dairy Queen had an abnormal ending Thursday afternoon for Lawrence and Elenora Steibel of Hannibal, whose car crashed into the north side of the building shortly after 2:30 p.m. While no one in the car or store was injured, it left a gaping hole in the structure.
    “I pulled up slow, but then my foot must have slid off the brake and onto the gas pedal. That made the car lunge. There was no time to react and then bang,” said Lawrence Steibel, who was driving the Lincoln Town Car.
    Inside the store, employee Devan Wharton was standing near the impact point.
    “I was right by the window. I’m still shaken up,” he said. “The counter hit my hand, but it did not swell up or bruise. I’m glad I didn’t get hurt. I’ve seen people hurt because of a lot smaller things.”
    Store Manager Theresa Smith was also in the building when the car created a drive-thru.
    “I’m shaken up, but OK,” she said. “We (Wharton and Smith) were both standing up front and the next thing I knew a car was in the building. I said, ‘Somebody dial 911!’”
    Wharton and Smith both saw the car pulling in to park.
    “I watched him drive around, but I had no clue this was going to happen,” said Smith, who has been store manager for a year-and-a-half.
    “The car had just about come to a complete stop and then it accelerated,” added Wharton.
    The Steibels are no strangers to the Dairy Queen staff.
    “They’re regulars. They’re here every day,” said Smith, adding that frequently a DQ employee will take the Steibels’ order to their car because he reportedly has mobility issues. “We take really good care of them. They’re sweethearts.”
    Lawrence Steibel acknowledged that he and his wife of almost 51 years will have to get their ice cream somewhere else, at least for a while.
    “I might have put them out of business for a couple of days,” he said.
    According to Building Inspector Joey Burnham, the damage was not as severe as it appeared.
    “There was no structural damage at all. It was all cosmetic,” he said, explaining that no load-bearing beams were struck.
    The accident comes at a bad time for the store, according to Smith.
    “I was wanting a vacation, but not this way. We’ll have to shut down, and this would have been a really busy weekend for us,” she said. “We also have all those (Father’s Day) orders to fill. I guess I’ll have to start calling people.”
    This is not the first time that Dairy Queen has been struck by a vehicle.
    Page 2 of 2 - “We’ve had semis hit the back end, but they did not do this kind of damage,” said Smith.
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