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2 children injured after truck crashes into Hardee's in Columbia

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(Photo from The Columbia Daily Herald) (Photo from The Columbia Daily Herald)
COLUMBIA, TN (WSMV) -

The two children injured after a truck crashed into a Hardee's restaurant Friday morning in Columbia are going to recover.

One child was trapped underneath the pickup truck when it drove into the restaurant at 1117 Hampshire Pike just after 8 a.m.

Without hesitation, the Hardee's employees jumped into first-responder mode while ambulances were on the way.

"Everybody from back here went to go to the screams. They just went to take care of everybody," said Hardee's manager Stevie Nance.

In the chaos that followed, the fast food workers acted fast to help the little boys.

"Austin Jones, my cook, he was the first one out," Nance said.

The rest of the crew was right behind him, each seemingly calling on instincts like they had been trained how to respond to an emergency. On this day, they were first responders.

Fire department officials eventually used rescue air bags to lift the truck off of the child, who was flown by medical helicopter to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The other injured child was taken by ambulance to Maury Regional Hospital.

Details on the nature of their injuries were not immediately released, but doctors say they should be OK.

"To see them go into action with everything was such a proud moment for me," Nance said of her Hardee's employees. "There are no words to describe how they jumped in to take care of everybody."

And there were fewer words when Nance saw the incredible picture of the two little boys later seeing each other at the hospital for the first time since the wreck.

"That's amazing," she said.

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