One dead as truck smashes into Quincy thrift store
Wed, 21 Aug 2013 21:34:02 GMT —
One man is dead after a truck crashed into the Crossing Thrift Store Wednesday afternoon.
The driver, who is not being identified at this time, was southbound on 8th Street when the pickup crashed through a fence on the rear of the property that also contains the Blessed Sacrament Catholic School. The driver continued on, struck an unoccupied vehicle, became airborne and landed in the building. Witnesses said the truck immediately became engulfed in flames.
Adams County Coroner Jim Keller said that he doesn't expect to make a positive identification Thursday due to the state of the body.
The initial call came in at 4:07 p.m. Wednesday.
Quincy Police said they received several calls about an erratic driver traveling at high speeds.
A female who had just left the store also was injured. She was walking north when the vehicle hit the building. She was hit by debris, police said, and was taken to Blessing Hospital with an ankle injury.
Dewayne Landrith watched the entire crash unfold from his nearby home.
"It blew up on impact. It was just crazy," he said. "Happened really fast. I ran up that way to see what was going on, to see if there was any kids, that got hit or could use help. As soon as he hit, I already knew, he wasn't going to survive it. You just knew at that point."
Off-duty firefighters were called to the scene to assist. Firefighters weren't able to stay in the building for long periods of time because of the high temperatures inside.
We'll bring you more information about the incident as the story develops.