By Melody Vallieu
TROY — For a second time in just over a year, the Wendy’s, located on Archer Drive off State Route 55 in Troy, has been hit by a vehicle.
At 1:09 p.m. Wednesday, Troy police and fire were dispatched to the Wendy’s restaurant following a crash in which Kellee Spangenberger, 28, of Troy, drove her car into the front of the building, according to Troy Police Department Captain Joe Long.
Long said when first responders arrived, the vehicle had went into the building and the driver was unconscious.
Long said they believe Spangenberger was turning right onto Archer Drive, passed out behind the wheel and drove into the building. He said they believe the accident is possibly medical related, but won’t know until tests results come back.
“A witness said that he didn’t even see a driver, he said it appeared she was laying down in the seat,” Long said.
Spangenberger was transported to UVMC, but was not listed as a patient as of Wednesday evening.
Two young children, 3 and 4, also were in the car and were treated and released at a local hospital for cuts and bruises.
An investigation into the accident continues, Long said, and charges likely are pending.
Long said the restaurant received quite a bit of damage. He said the impact from the car pushed the bottom of the wall in the front of the building about 3-4 feet in, bent the top part of the top of wall and broke two to three large windows.
Wendy’s District Manager Karen Holly said they are not sure at this time whether the store will need to close for repair and how long those repairs are likely to take.
The business was first struck on Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. The Wendy’s restaurant in 2015 was struck by a SUV driven by Megan Wuebker, 26, of Russia. Wuebker ran a red light at the intersection, lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the corner of the restaurant in the dining room area.
Wuebker was transported to Upper Valley Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries following the 2015 accident. According to police, she suffered a medical condition at the time of the crash.
The dining room remained closed for two week for repairs in September 2015, although the drive through was open for customers.
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