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Jackson Newspapers - Ripley, WV
  • Driver crashes through New Creek Water Assn. building

  • NEW CREEK - The New Creek Water Association office on Route 972 remains closed after a subject drove a truck straight through their building at approximately 3 a.m. Thursday and then fled the scene.
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  • By Liz Beavers
    lbeavers@newstribune.info
    Tribune Managing Editor
    NEW CREEK - The New Creek Water Association office on Route 972 remains closed after a subject drove a truck straight through their building at approximately 3 a.m. Thursday and then fled the scene.
    NCWA board member Norm Launi said New Creek water customers would not be affected by the incident, but the office will remain closed until repairs can be made.
    According to Launi, a resident of the area reported the incident in which the southbound driver missed the curve in the highway, crashed through a solid wall on the north side of the building, went straight through the building and crashed through a garage door on the south side of the structure.
    The driver then apparently backed back out of the building and continued south on Route 972.
    Launi said had the incident happened during the day, the results could have been tragic.
    "Our secretary's desk is right there," Launi said, pointing to a spot right in front of the wall where the truck came crashing through.
    The vehicle also took out the conference area where board members regularly meet.
    "He went through three walls and a door," Launi said.
    Launi also made mention of an old tree which, although dead, had been left on the north side of the property as a sort of buffer in the event of someone missing the curve.
    The driver, however, managed to miss the tree when he struck the building.
    "We're going to put concrete barriers in there this time," president Pete Schmidlen said.
    Although the board members believe the subject who drove through the building was later arrested in nearby Grant County, no information was immediately available from local law enforcement.
    In the meantime, the board members were already working to repair the building by mid-morning Thursday. A temporary office will be set up, and they hope to have phone service sometime today.
    "We'll let the public know when we have our phone hooked up," Launi said.

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