A car ran into Ernie’s Pit Barbecue on Wesley Street about noon Saturday. No injuries were reported. 

According to local police officials, the driver of a Jeep stepped on the gas pedal rather than the brake causing the car to hit the wall of the building facing Wesley Street. 

“He looked like a young guy... but he wasn’t injured,” co-owner Krysten Thomas said. “He was just shaken up. He felt bad about it.”

There were about 20 people in the building when the accident occurred but they were seated away from the wall that was hit, avoiding direct impact. Thomas said one guest was pushed in their chair and staff member Kobie Miller was pushed by the dining room furniture but both were uninjured.

“A lot of them were our regular customers,” Miller said. “They were fine but shocked.”

Owners Krysten and Josh Thomas anticipate they’ll be closed the rest of the weekend and part of the week to clean up and repair the damage. They said they expect to be up and running again by Tuesday or Wednesday.

“It’s more cosmetic than anything,” Krysten said, adding that there aren't any electrical wires running through the damaged wall. 

“We’re going to be alright,” Josh said. 


Christian Aleman is a reporter at the Herald-Banner and a senior journalism student at A&M-Commerce. He is co-editor of the award-winning student newspaper and has spent summers working at several major news organizations. Christian graduates in May 2019.

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