Van crashes into popular Royal Oak restaurant

- A popular Thai restaurant in Royal Oak is shut down after a van crashed through their front wall Thursday morning.

"Next thing you know, I'm walking to the north and the van goes right into the building and stops dead," says Matt Cairns.

It was a close call for Cairns. He says the van that struck Siam Spicy on Woodward Avenue missed him by 20 or so feet. Had it been a couple hours later during the busy lunch rush, someone likely would have been hit if not killed.

"Sue, the owner, is a great lady. She is upset and really grateful no one was in the restaurant," says Jennifer Brabant, a family friend.

The Aerobee Electric van ran into the building around 7:30 in the morning. It crashed right through the front entrance and ended up in the restaurant's waiting area. Witnesses say it was going at least 30 mph. Emergency crews got to the driver within seconds.

"He walked out supported by people to the ambulance. He looked like he'd been hit pretty good in the head," says Cairns.

We're told the driver who was in his 30s had been with the small electric company for roughly six months. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where it's believed he had some sort of medical issue that caused the crash.

As for the family owned business that's been here on Woodward for 40 years, the accident may have shut them down but hopefully not for long.

"She's just a really hard worker, kind and generous. I hope she gets back to the business what she loves soon," says Brabant. 

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