swift having one really really bad day in Pennsylvania..

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  1. drvrtech77

    drvrtech77 Road Train Member

    Mar 20, 2010
    Lost trucker takes destructive turnaround in Bellco Credit Union parking lot in Spring Township

    Newly planted tree, light post and roof over drive-up lanes damaged

    Lost trucker takes destructive turnaround in parking lot
    SPRING TWP., Pa. - Hours before a ribbon cutting celebration at a new credit union, a lost trucker crashed the party.
    An 18-wheeler plowed into the brand new Bellco Federal Credit Union off Route 724 in Spring Twp., Berks Co., only one month after it opened its doors.
    The driver was headed in the wrong direction, and his destructive turn happened just before 8 a.m. Tuesday morning.
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    Tire tracks marked the start of tractor trailer's collision course. A stop sign was snapped on its side, a tree uprooted and concrete shattered.
    "It almost sounded like two trains when they buckle together," said Chris Brister, who witnessed the crash.
    It wasn't two trains, but instead an 18-wheeler that tried to turn around through the parking lot of the credit union. It's an ironic crash that happened nearly eight hours before crowds arrived for the ribbon cutting for the credit union's VIP grand opening.
    "I saw the truck coming down the straight away, and I saw him come around the back of the bank," said Nick Jablonski, who works at the Cloister Car Wash across the street.
    The credit union's surveillance cameras captured what happened in between. The big rig's tire blew after it careened over a concrete light post. Then, around the corner of the branch, cameras showed the truck smack into the roof over the drive thru. Another view showed the truck airborne as debris came raining down.
    "Our staff comes in through the back door, and I'm glad they weren't walking in at that time or had their cars parked over there because at the rate of speed he was going, I'm not sure what would have happened," said Kirsten Keim-Shendge, marketing manager for Bellco.
    The truck driver was upset and declined an interview, but he told 69 News he was on his way to the Kmart down the road in Cumru Township. His GPS alerted him he was heading in the wrong direction on Route 724, so he pulled into the credit union to turn around.
    The truck also suffered enough damage to render it inoperable.
    "It could have been a lot worse. A little cosmetic damage isn't going to stop our event," said Keim-Shendge.
    The ribbon was still cut, and the branch still opened for business.
    Police are still investigating, and they said citations will most likely be filed.

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  3. Mark Kling

    Mark Kling Technology Contributor

    Sep 23, 2007
    Statesville, NC
    Guess he forgot he was 13'6" tall and 75' long...
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  4. mg1224

    mg1224 Light Load Member

    Mar 3, 2010
    Western South East
    ...and people wonder why more and more roads and areas are becoming no truck zones.
  5. evd

    evd Light Load Member

    Apr 23, 2012
    Reading PA
    been lost is no reason for speed he was going while try to make that turn .
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  6. mamamullins

    mamamullins Medium Load Member

    May 4, 2011
    Ingalls, IN
    What an idiot.....I guess he is saying, " will Insurance fix that".
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  7. biododge1

    biododge1 Bobtail Member

    Aug 24, 2011
    chicago Il
    well, im not surprised one bit. Obviously just another wheel holder. I lol when he used the gps excuse. I wonder at what point would he have finally stopped if the truck hadn't gave out? IMO, i think he would kept going and never said a word
  8. BossOutlaw88

    BossOutlaw88 Road Train Member

    Oct 30, 2011
    The video capture of the end of another dumb driver's career. Tragic.
  9. JohnBoy

    JohnBoy Road Train Member

    Apr 24, 2009
    Lake Worth, FL.
    They say a picture is worth a thousand words. With the video showing just exactly how fast the steering wheel holder was going, is there really anything he/she could say to make me believe this was an "accident"? This was a blatant disregard for private property. Loss of job, period. Maybe the local Walmart has an opening for a greeter this holiday season.
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  10. DirtyBob

    DirtyBob Road Train Member

    Sep 2, 2010
    In his defense, it was a tiny tree he uprooted...

    I don't even know what to say. Was he even going to stop after running over the light pole at mach speed if he didn't tear part of the building down after? Doing that speed over the pole is outrageous let alone continuing on hauling #####.
  11. Jorihe84

    Jorihe84 Road Train Member

    Sep 1, 2010
    North Florida
    That poor brand new cascadia
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