“Did I Kill Anybody?” Trucker Asks After Crashing Through City’s Town Hall
Shooks Township, MN – A trucker thankfully survived a serious accident on Tuesday evening when the rig he was driving crashed through a city’s Town Hall building.
The incident took place around 5:45 p.m. in Shooks Township in northern Minnesota at Shooks Town Hall, located at 35107 Highway 72.
According to Minnesota State Patrol (MSP), a Peterbilt driven by 64-year-old Russell Jolly of Winnipeg, MB, was traveling southbound on Hwy. 72 when, for unknown reasons, failed to stop at the Hwy. 1 intersection.
The truck exited the roadway and careened through the Town Hall.
Incredible photos from the scene show the Peterbilt — which bears markings belonging to Canada-based Thomas Wright Transportation Services — came to rest with the semi-trailer still partially in the building.
The Bemidji Pioneer reported local business owners, Eric and Jennifer Johnson, were inside their retail shop two blocks away when the incident took place.
According to the Johnsons, the impact from the crash “shook their whole building.”
“It sounded like a bomb went off when [the truck] hit,” Eric recalled.
The couple said they immediately ran to the crash site, and located Jolly, who was beginning to regain consciousness as the Johnsons reached him.
“He didn’t respond right away,” Eric said, of Jolly. “Once he gave me a thumbs up, I walked up to the truck and he was saying, ‘Did I kill anybody? Is everybody okay?'”
Thankfully, the building was empty at the time of the crash and Jolly sustained only minor injuries.
While MSP’s official accident report noted road conditions were snowy and icy, the Johnsons assert roads were not slippery.
MSP officials said drugs and alcohol were not a factor in the accident.
Additionally, MSP confirmed Jolly was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash.
The Johnsons said cleanup crews were back onsite Wednesday morning to remove pieces of the semi from the severely damaged building.
WATCH a local news report below.