Police: Car crashes into Hero’s Pizza building in Skowhegan after driver falls asleep but no injuries are reported

Police say a car crashed into the corner of Hero’s Pizza in Skowhegan on Friday morning after the driver fell asleep. The restaurant was then closed and no one was injured. Courtesy of Skowhegan Police Department

SKOWHEGAN — A car that crashed into Hero’s Pizza on Friday morning caused extensive structural damage to the building but no injuries, police said.

At 6:50 a.m. Friday, Robert Gartley, 34, of New Sharon was driving his 2005 Toyota Scion west on Waterville Road, Skowhegan Police Chief David Bucknam said in a news release. Gartley fell asleep and drove off the road, before crashing into the corner of Hero’s Pizza, located at 60 Waterville Road/Route 201.

The accident caused significant structural damage to the building and crushed the front of the vehicle, Bucknam said. The restaurant was then closed and no one was injured.

“While many associate Friday the 13th with a day of doom and for Robert, that might ring true,” Bucknam said, “I’m trying to find the silver lining because Robert wasn’t hurt and Hero’s Pizza was n was not open for business. If this accident had happened later in the morning, things might have been different.

According to the restaurant’s Facebook page, staff were assessing the damage to the building but were able to set up a food truck, allowing them to offer a limited menu on Friday.

“Somehow, with determination, we set up our food truck,” the restaurant said. “We are going to run a small menu while we try to exhaust some of our prep. Please stop by and support us.

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