A 2,600-pound Denny’s restaurant sign fell onto a car in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, during high winds Thursday afternoon. One person inside the vehicle was killed in the crush, while two others were injured.
Lillian Curtis, 72, was taken to the University of Louisville Hospital following the incident but later died, according to local ABC affiliate WHAS11 and Fox affiliate WDRB.
Her husband, Lloyd Curtis, remains hospitalized. Daughter Mary Graham was treated for chest and other injuries.
“I’ve never seen anything like this,” Elizabethtown Police Department spokesman Chris Denham told NBC affiliate WAVE 3. “It’s certainly very windy out here and I’m certain that did have a factor and was involved in this.”
“Safety is our top priority, and we are working with the authorities to better understand what led to this situation,” Denny’s said in a statement to various media outlets. “Our thoughts are with all of those involved.”