In the Archives: Two teenage girls injured as car smashes through KFC

By Benalla Ensign


Two teenage girls were injured when a car smashed through a fast food restaurant window last Sunday, trapping them between the car and a wall.

There were a number of diners inside the Benalla KFC when the accident occurred about 12.30 pm.

It is believed the elderly driver may have lost control while negotiating a round-about at the intersection of Smythe St and Bridge St East.

The 18-year-old girls, Teagan Ryan and Kylie Bromley, were pinned between the car and a wall for more than an hour until emergency services freed the pair.

Teagan was airlifted to The Alfred Hospital suffering knee injuries and a fractured pelvis, and will undergo a full knee reconstruction this Friday,.

Her sister, Riki Ryan, said Teagan would be taking a lot time off from her job as assistant manager at the Faithfull St Foodworks.

“She's going to be okay though,” Ms Ryan said.

Kylie Bromley, an employee of Espies Freight, was taken to Wangaratta Hospital with a broken foot.

Mark Botten from Top of the Town Motel opposite KFC said he was sitting with his wife when he heard a "strange noise".

“It didn't sound quite right,” Mr Botten said.

“It sounded like a truck had lost its load."

Mr Botten said he raced over and saw the back of a car "sticking out of Kentucky".

“I then saw an arm, and then a leg, sticking out from under the car.”

Also in The Ensign this week in 2009:

● CFA brigades fought a fire at Chesney Vale, bringing it under control within 45 minutes and saving a house in the process.

● Captain Hec Waller's name was added to the wall of the Benalla Costume and Pioneer Musuem and Visitor Information Centre.

● Baddaginnie's Nathan MacAulay took out Golden Vale Golf Club's top awards for juniors at the President and Captain's Day presentation.


The Benalla and district has lost a major tourism attraction when the Dorset Hill Wildlife Park closed its doors on November 13 for the last time.

The park, which was officially opened by Pat McNamara in 1984, was built from the ground up by owners Bill and Lorraine Asbury after they moved to the vacant land near Violet Town in 1975 to start building their dream.

But on Sunday, November 13, at 6 pm, the Asburys farewelled the last visitors to the park and closed the gates for good.

According to Lorraine the decision to close the park was because of Bill's ill health.

The park has been on the market for four years and was passed in at auction two years ago.

Lorraine Asbury farewells a small baby emu which will be sold to another wildlife park.

“Our health is very important to us and we feel that it's time to sit back and take it easy for a while,” Lorraine said.

And although they have no regrets in closing the park, she said on Sunday when the park was officially closed, tears will flow free.

“It will be a very emotional day for us because the park has been such an important part of our lives,” she said.

“It's more than just a business, it's a lifestyle that we will both miss.

“We would have liked to see the park sell and stay open."

Lorraine estimates that the park has had more than 10 000 visitors each year, and most of them returned for a second look.

“The public has been fantastic to us over the years and we thank them very much.”

Also in The Ensign this week in 1994:

● The Benalla Ensign was judged country Victoria's best newspaper in the 3000 to 10 000 circulation category at the Victorian Country Press Association's 84th annual conference.

● Karen Soyer, 17, was selected as winner of the 1994-95 Mavis Wynne Memorial Scholarship.

● The Rose Festival, in its 27th year, officially kicked off this week.


More than 300 children, dressed in many and varied costumes, attended the fancy dress ball organised by the Benalla Rose Festival Committee in the youth club hall on Friday night.

Judges for the occasion, Cr R Cogger and Mrs Cogger, and Cr P Jensen and Mrs Jensen, had a most difficult task in selecting the winners of each section.

There were the usual clowns, cowboys, Indians, swaggies and national costumes, as well as numerous characters from fairy tales and many original and numerous costumes.

Several spacemen gave a really up-to-date look to the ball.

At the conclusion of the judging "Joey the Clown" from GMV 6 entertained the children with several songs before presenting the prizes to the winners in each section.

To wind up an enjoyable and well-organised evening, each child present received sweets with the compliments of the Rose Festival Committee.

Also in The Ensign this week in 1969:

● Winton State School students Ian Lee and Tony Lobbin took part in a tree planting day (pictured below).

● Felicity Tippett as given a surprise morning tea prior to her wedding

● James Maxwell Wynne was christened.

● The engagement of Rita Rekers and Tony Riley was announced.

● The Mansfield Blind Auxiliary held its annual fete.