No One Injured In Truck Roll-Off

By: 
Kit Huffman

Wednesday, March 13 - An employee of a general contracting company had a bad day outside the office Wednesday afternoon − but the good news is that no one was hurt.

At approximately 1:10 p.m., a pickup truck belonging to Building Specialists General Contractors that was halted along East Washington Street in front of the Davidson-Tucker House rolled downhill without the driver, crossed the intersection with Randolph Street and broke through the fence in front of the 1840s Sloan House, landing in the garden about 10 feet below and just 5 feet away from the building.  No one was injured. 

According to investigating Lexington police Cpl. Aaron Britton, the driver had stepped out of the vehicle and crossed behind it to deliver materials for the construction project at the Davidson-Tucker House (a new visitor center for the Stonewall Jackson House) when the truck started rolling backwards.  He attempted to catch up with the moving vehicle but was unsuccessful.  A pedestrian near the courthouse parking garage heard the driver’s loud warning shout.

Within the hour, the pickup was successfully lifted out of the Sloan House garden by a crane with AT&R, a local company, and towed away by the company’s tow truck, as the police required for safety reasons.  Britton commented that the truck was found not to be in park when it was lifted from the garden.  No charges were filed.  

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