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Posted: 10:18 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013
By Nate Stewart
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
A business has a gaping hole after a semi-truck rolled into the side of the building. It happened around 6 p.m. Saturday at an auto supply store on Statesville Avenue. Those who saw say they're glad no one was hurt. cleanup has started at Carolina Auto Supply House as the store front turned into a drive through. "You'd never think of a vehicle breaking loose. I guess the poor trucker forgot to put the brake on," said president Alan White. White said this is the third time in 20 years a truck filling up across the street rolled down the embankment and into his store. "Thank God it didn't happen during a week day because during a week day we are lined up out the door here," White said. The owner says damage is about $100,000. Inside, the wholesale auto parts they sell to garages are scattered across the floor. James McCoy was on the second floor cleaning when he looked out the window and watched as a truck barreled towards him at more than 40 mph. "I heard a boom. Come outside. The truck was on the inside of the building," McCoy said. As contractors work to put up a temporary entrance, those who saw it said they're glad it wasn't worse. "Just glad to be OK," McCoy said. The driver of the truck told Eyewitness News he did not have any injuries. The business owner believes it will take a couple weeks to repair the store front.
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