Port Vila, SH Vanuatu (PressExposure) April 22, 2009 -- One Naperville couple found McDonalds was almost deadly.
Sitting in their Chevy Trailblazer vehicle underneath a giant set of golden arches outside a McDonald's restaurant, a couple was crushed as they sat in a carpark in eastern Arizona.
Retirees Russell and Carolyn Janke decided to take a break on the Navajo Nation reservation in Window Rock, as they travelled between suburban Chicago and their winter home near Tuscon. They suffered multiple injuries as the world renown McDonalds symbol collapsed on their car. The couple were knocked unconscious, not knowing what had hit them.
"It was a freak accident", said Navajo acting police chief Steven Nelson: The winds were making 60 mph."The high winds just blew the sign right off the top of the pole, from the street right across from the restaurant".
Rescue crews had to cut sixty-eight year old Carolyn Janke had to be cut out of the vehicle.
Media were told by the couple's daughter-in-law, Ann Janke, that her mother-in-law had a fractured spinal column and a fractured sternum, while the retired engineer Mr Janke, was hit in the head. He received more than 70 stitches. The injured couple were taken to the Fort Defiance Indian Health Service, before Carolyn was transferred to St. Josephâs Hospital and Medical Centre in Phoenix, a six hours car ride from Window Rock. Carolyn was placed in intensive care.
"I want to know how could that sign not be properly secured"? says a very furious daughter-in-law Ann Janke.
Richard Laughing, who works near MacDonalds said, "I've been worried about the sign toppling for a while. Iâve been working her for two years and seen it blow back and forth in the wind. I told my wife itâs going to blow over one day".
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