Emergency responders work together after a dump truck crashed through the wall of Elmer’s Place in Redgranite on April 24.A Theda Star helicopter lifts off from a parking lot across from Elmer’s Pizza on Highway 21 to take the seriously injured dump truck driver George C. Cooper, Wisconsin Dells, to the hospital.

Dump truck crashes into Elmer’s Place

Seven people were injured when a dump truck crashed into Elmer’s Place, 201 E. Bannerman Ave., Redgranite at 7 p.m. Friday, April 24, according to a Wisconsin State Patrol news release.

The 1992 Ford dump truck was traveling west on Highway 21 when it struck a westbound 2001 Buick Enclave SUV from behind. The SUV then struck two parked cars, said State Patrol Sgt. Dan Gruebele. The dump truck stopped after crashing through the side wall of Elmer’s Place, coming to rest with its front half inside the dining room.

The dump truck driver, 62-year-old George C. Cooper of Wisconsin Dells, was flown by helicopter from the scene. In addition, five patrons of Elmer’s Place as well as a passenger in the Buick Enclave, 48-year-old Paula M. Diamond of Oak Creek, were injured. The driver sustained significant injuries and his condition was unknown as of Aprl 27, Gruebele said. Injuries to the patrons and passenger were not significant.

Wisconsin State Patrol is investigating the crash. A technical reconstruction unit and federally certified motor carrier inspector are completing a full inspection of the dump truck and the driver’s records, Gruebele said.

Assisting agencies included Theda Star, Redgranite Fire Department, Area Wide Towing, Expert Towing, Waushara County Sheriff’s Department and Waushara County EMS.