Close Call At Ralston Keno

By: Gary Smollen Email
By: Gary Smollen Email

One Heartland woman is thankful for the sturdy chairs at Ralston Keno. One probably saved her life early Saturday afternoon.

In a matter of seconds, an SUV crashed through the wall of the Ralston Keno and didn't stop until it got to the bar around noon Saturday.

Olivia Kasun was waiting tables at the time, and said she heard a screech and looked up. "I seen her coming so I just turned around and ran. I should have screamed and warned everyone but I really just ran."

Kasun runs over to check on everyone just seconds after the crash, which can be seen on the businesses security video. A lady who returned to the bar just moments before the SUV came crashing in. She was actually pinned against the bar by the vehicle, her chair the only protection.

"She is ok, she is a tiny lady thankfully and the chair trapped her in so she was good," said Kasun. "Thank God!"

The woman trapped at the bar was not hurt but left shortly after the crash. Through it all, Ralston Keno remained open and playing.

The SUV reportedly had a problem with a stuck accelerator or transmission issue that caused it to lurch forward and through the wall of the Keno parlor.

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