Truck crashes into Rockland storefront, apartment building

Rockland Fire Department Lt. Johnson inspecting the damage to the building.
Courtesy of Rockland Fire Department
Rockland Fire Department Lt. Johnson inspecting the damage to the building.
Posted Nov. 12, 2012, at 7:04 p.m.
Last modified Nov. 12, 2012, at 8:51 p.m.
Rockland Fire Department and EMS responded to a motor vehicle accident at Union and Willow Streets at 9:20 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12.
Courtesy of Rockland Fire Department
Rockland Fire Department and EMS responded to a motor vehicle accident at Union and Willow Streets at 9:20 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12.

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ROCKLAND, Maine — A pickup truck vaulted a curb Monday morning and then crashed into a Rockland building that housed a first-floor business and a second-floor apartment.

The driver, Christopher Prescott, 18, of Rockland, told Rockland Fire Department Lt. Rick Johnson that the pickup seemed to have some kind of mechanical failure.

“He said the truck felt like it was going to stall, so he punched the gas and it just took off, hit the curb, vaulted over the curbing and crashed into the house,” said Johnston.

The 1981 Chevy pickup crashed into the storefront portion of Puddleduck’s Thrift Boutique at 150 Union St., near the intersection of Union and Willow streets, around 9:20 a.m. Monday.

“The impact of the curb spun him around sideways as he crashed into the building,” said Johnston.

No one was injured in the crash and no one was inside the building. The store was closed for Veterans Day.

“The truck had minor damage, but they’ll have to rebuild a portion of the front wall of the building. Two front windows were broken and some timbers and siding were destroyed,” Johnston said.

Union Street was shut down for a few minutes while a tow truck removed the pickup. An engine and a rescue unit from Rockland Fire responded, but no ambulance or medical service was necessary.

The scene was cleared in less than an hour.

The investigation into the accident is ongoing but no charges are expected to be filed, according to Rockland police.

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