Truck crashes into Avon restaurant |

Truck crashes into Avon restaurant

Sarah MausolfVail, CO Colorado
Kristin Anderson/Vail DailyThis truck crashed into the wall of the Saltwater Cowboy restaurant and broke a natural gas pipeline Tuesday evening in Avon.

AVON – A truck crashed into the Saltwater Cowboy restaurant in Avon Tuesday night, rupturing a gas line.Officials evacuated the boat building as the pungent smell of natural gas spread throughout the immediate vicinity.Police arrested the man who crashed the truck, Avon police Lt. Greg Daly said. The driver had been circling the roundabout near Saltwater Cowboy when he swerved to avoid hitting a pedestrian, lost control of his pick-up and crashed into the restaurant, Sgt. Bernie Mcgovern added. Police were not releasing the Alaska man’s name Tuesday night because the investigation was still taking place.Officials evacuated the vin48 restaurant and offices in the boat building, police said.Standing outside the boat building, David Fisher said he had been working late at Zehren & Associates, an architecture firm in the building, when he smelled natural gas. As he rushed outside, a fireman told him about the truck, which remained stopped where it collided with a row of windows facing East Beaver Creek Boulevard.”I can’t understand how it happened, honestly,” Fisher said.Police charged the driver of the Ford F250 with careless driving, Mcgovern said. Police also charged the man with drunken driving and were awaiting the results of a blood test to determine his BAC, McGovern said.The Xcel energy company shut off the gas around 9:30 p.m. and were still investigating as of press time, Avon police officer Jeff Briggs said. The fire department had set up fans to blow the gas out of the boat building, he said.As for Saltwater Cowboy, the truck pushed the window wall in about 18 inches, Briggs said. He did not yet have a damage estimate.Staff Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2928 or

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