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Sad to report that a semi driver suffered a medical condition, lost control of his truck, and slammed into the front of Tony Packo's in Toledo early this morning.
For those of you who don't realize the significance, Tony Packo's became world famous in the '70s when M*A*S*H character Max Klinger (played by actor Jamie Farr of Toledo) said how much he missed the famous hot dogs while over in Korea.
According to the Associated Press, no one was inside the restaurant at Front and Consaul streets when it happened at 7:15 a.m. this morning. The driver died at Mercy St. Vincent Hospital.
The original Packo's remains a tourist destination and is decorated with "M-A-S-H" memorabilia.
The driver was heading eastbound on Front Street when witnesses say he went through a green light and collided with the building. There were no signs of the driver applying the brakes before the collision.
Tony Packo, Jr., who came to the restaurant this morning, said that since any damage appears to be to the exterior, he was hopeful that Packo's would "resume business very shortly."
The semi went through the front and into the bar area of the restaurant.
Want to know the history?
The building has been the home of Packo's for more than 80 years. Tony Packo opened an sandwich and ice cream shop at Consaul and Genesee streets in the early '30s, but soon after created a sausage-on-a-roll sandwich with a secret meat sauce.
That was the birth of the company's famous Hungarian hot dog.
He moved the business to Consaul and Front streets in 1936.
Believe it or not, I have had one of the famous hot dogs. It is well-worth the short trip to Toledo.
We need to say some prayers for the driver and his family.
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