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Man drives truck into Recycled Books storefront

Man drives truck into Recycled Books storefront

January 25
17:53 2018

A driver crashed his truck into the front of Recycled Books Thursday afternoon on the Denton Square.

William Wilson drove his white Ford F-150 pickup truck into Recycled Books at around 3:15 p.m., Recycled Books employees Miles Foster, 28, and Jason Uecker, 37, said.

Wilson was not seriously injured and left the scene on his own, witnesses said.

Recycled Books employee Jesse Perry, 34, was in the building when the truck jumped the double curve in front of the store and smashed into the wall post between the front door and window.

Recycled Books employees waste no time in cleaning up the damage left by the accident. This mangled bookshelf was found on the sidewalk a few yards away from the broken window and wall post.

“I was standing over there and I heard an incredible crash that I assumed was either the ceiling falling through or one of our shelves toppling over,” Perry said. “I walked over and shouted at everyone to make sure there was no one under the truck. Thankfully there wasn’t.”

Perry said no one was hurt.

“I believe it was just a mechanical error on his part, confusing his gas pedal with his brake pedal and accelerating in a parked position incredibly quickly,” Perry said.

Glass and concrete debris lie scattered as Recycled Books employees and bystanders help clean up the mess.

Eye-witness and local recording artist, Kent Crawford, was standing a few feet away from the window when the accident happened.

“I was shopping here in the record store and as I was walking out all the glass started falling like candy across my feet,” Crawford said.

After the white F-150 had been cleared from the scene, a Recycled Books employee surveys the damage left behind. The structural integrity of the building remains intact.

Perry said the store reopened thirty minutes later, after the Fire Department and City Inspectors confirmed the structural integrity of the building was intact. The main damage was done to the external wall in front of the store and to Wilson’s truck.

“Crazy stuff like this is happening on the Square more often because the town is getting bigger,” Perry said. “It’s not the first crazy thing to happen around here.”

Featured Image: Courtesy Rachel Fenderson

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