Tractor-trailer crashes into Desert Inn

Tractor-trailer crashes into Desert Inn

Yeehaw Junction, Fl ( A tractor-trailer crashed into the Desert Inn and Restaurant in Yeehaw Junction early Sunday morning. It caused substantial damage to the historic site.

Florida Highway Patrol says a 2018 semi truck hauling orange juice drove into the building.

50-year old Mareo Cawley of Chicago, Illinois, told troopers that the area was dark and he did not realize he left the road.

No one was inside the building at the time of the crash. The crash remains under investigation and charges are pending against Cawley. He received minor injuries in the crash.

The site was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1994. It sits at the intersection of State Road 60 and South Kenansville Road.

The Osceola County Historical Society took ownership of the Desert Inn approximately five years ago. It was closed in June of last year, and the historical society said they planned to return it to its original state as a historical stop-off and restaurant.

The board is now reevaluating their plans following the wreck. 

Mike Brown from the South Florida Wanderer 

was on scene. You can see the rest of the photos and videos on his page.

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