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Wednesday, 04 January 2017 19:07

Brakes Failed on Semi That Crashed into SC Body Shop

Written by Anna Lee, Greenville Online

A truck driver said his brakes went out moments before his tractor-trailer crashed into 10 vehicles and barrelled through the front of Jimmy's Garage on North Main Street in Greer, SC, a police collision report revealed.

The Greer Police Department released the report on January 3, four days after the crash shut down State 14 at Chandler Road for hours while first responders cleared debris from the roadway.

 

According to the report, the truck driver stated the brakes on his truck stopped working when he tried to brake for two stopped cars ahead about 1:45 p.m. on December 30.

 

The driver said he tried to go in between the cars to avoid a rear-end collision but instead struck both cars and then continued on into oncoming lanes of traffic.

 

From there, the truck set off a chain reaction as vehicles were pushed into other vehicles from the truck's momentum, according to the report.

 

The truck then entered Jimmy's Garage, 1101 N. Main St., and struck a tenth vehicle before falling through the floor of the garage into the basement.

 

Debris from the impact and truck struck two people who were inside the business, police said.

 

No charges were filed against the truck driver, according to the report.

 

State transport police were notified to conduct inspections on the truck because the driver said the brakes weren't operating correctly, officers said.

 

We would like to thank Greenville Online for reprint permission.

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