Metro-East News

Less than 24 hours after crash, O’Fallon pizzeria reopens

Less than 24 hours after having a car crash through one of its walls, a pizzeria operating in one of O’Fallon’s oldest buildings was back open for business.

Workers spent most of Wednesday at Gia’s Pizza repairing a hole left by a three-vehicle crash that happened just before 7 p.m. Tuesday. They wound up patching the hole made by the crash with bricks. An employee of the restaurant said as many of the original bricks from the building that could be saved were used in the repairs.

The restaurant reopened at 4 p.m. Wednesday. The building, located at 102 W. State St., that houses the restaurant dates back to the Civil War era and has the distinction of being the oldest still intact building in downtown O’Fallon.

Employees with the restaurant had said around 30 people were in the building at the time of the crash. Minor injuries were reported.