WNEP Facebook
WNEP Facebook

Follow WNEP on Facebook

Runaway Dump Truck Damage Won’t Delay Business Relocation

Posted on: 5:49 pm, January 23, 2014, by , updated on: 06:52pm, January 23, 2014

PITTSTON TOWNSHIP – The owner of Global Auto Mart told Newswatch 16 that he will not let a freak accident get in the way of his plan to relocate a business, that his family started four-generations ago.

Police in Pittston Township said a runaway dump truck rolled backwards on Oak Street yesterday, crashed through a guiderail and slammed into a vacant building, which Carmen Capitano had just bought.

“We used to own Cap’s Auto Sales on the avenue and we were a lot larger years ago. Our family went their separate ways and we`re just building ourselves back up again,” said Capitano. “With that guardrail there, I never would have thought, but it busted through the guardrail like it was Swiss cheese.”

Capitano said he had planned to lease out the section of the building that was damaged by the runaway dump truck, but he still plans on relocating his business in the next few weeks.

“It`s just a speed bump. It`s normal, things happen, accidents happen, nobody got hurt. That`s all that matters,” said Capitano. “If it happened a week from now there would have been a lot of damage. Our full inventory would have been there. It would have taken out 5 or 6 cars on the front line, where they only took one out.”

One woman who works in an office next door told Newswatch 16 that she heard the loud crash, and she has never seen a vehicle smash through the guiderail in the past 13 years there.

“I knew it came through the guardrail, but I didn`t know it hit the building,” said Pat Capitano. “I don`t think it would have mattered what they had there. From what I could see, the truck was filled. I don`t know what could have possibly been there that could have prevented it. I would say, it was probably more the people maintaining the truck, that should look at something.”

Investigators have not yet said it the dump truck driver will face any citations.

PennDOT said the damaged guiderail will be replaced on Monday.

1 Comment

Talkback 16 Online Discussion:

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

WNEP Facebook
WNEP Facebook

Follow WNEP on Facebook