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Semi crashes into apartment complex

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

The Townley Park Apartments are fairly new and many of its tenants are still settling in, but today, some were unsettled by the parking job one semi truck made inside an apartment!

"This is unreal! This is something you see on YouTube or that I watch on the news, so it's kind of weird that it just happened," remarked Lauren Goodin, who lives above the damaged apartment.

"It just came down the hill full steam," described Robert Gilbert, who lives just a few feet over from where the truck hit. "The thing went about eight feet inside their apartment so it would've been probably pretty traumatic."

The truck driver, who did not want to be identified, said he stopped just up Louie Place to go into a nearby grocery store, but when he came back out his truck was gone. The big rig managed to roll down the road, and while rescue crews don't know what set the truck in motion, they did find a clue: the parking brake wasn't set.

"[We] forced the door open on the cab, set the parking brake and shut the truck off," laid out Major Mike Runnels of the fire departments actions.

Gilbert says he lives in the apartment across the hallway and was begging to realize just how close of a call the accident was.

"It's crazy because my mom and my daughter were sitting just behind here, if it had gone just a little bit more to the left it would've gone through," said Gilbert.

Goodin says she was out of town on a trip for the Easter weekend, and when she saw the flashing lights and the semi truck, she began to worry about her place just one floor above the damage.

"I immediately knew something was wrong, but when I walked in everything looked fine. I'm just blessed that everything was okay with my apartment," said Goodin, adding that even her pictures still hung in place on the walls.

The driver called this a freak accident, adding that he says he's just happy no one was hurt.

"It could've been a lot worse than it was, so we were lucky," figured Major Runnels.

"I'm just glad everyone's okay," added Goodin.

While many of the tenants haven't gotten to know their neighbors, they say they're certainly happy to see no one was inside the room that was hit.

The Lexington Fire Department says the apartment staff was going to reinforce the damaged area before any repairs will be made.

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