Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Utility trailer crashes into store


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

The Napa Auto Parts building in Bellevue had an unexpected Thanksgiving Day visitor when a runaway utility trailer crashed into it.

Store Manager Ron Domke said the trailer, used to haul landscaping equipment, struck a vacant store next to Napa, causing about $4,000 damage. It could have been worse, Domke said, explaining that the trailer crashed through a large door rather than through the side of the building.

Blaine County Sheriff Lt. Jay Davis said the trailer was being pulled southbound when it came loose from a white 2000 GMC pickup driven by Eduardo Orozco-Corona, a 35-year-old Jerome man.

Davis said the trailer crossed both northbound lanes on Bellevue's Main Street, jumped a curb and crashed into the building.

Davis attributed the cause of the mishap to a deficient trailer hitch setup. He said no citation was issued. Damage to the trailer was estimated at $200.

The crash occurred at about 5:15 p.m.

"I had to get up from dinner to come down here and see what was going on," Domke said.




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