Wednesday, August 14, 2013

City: Crash due to mechanical failure

Accident causes $10,000 in damage to building struck by UPS truck

Express Staff Writer

    Ketchum police are attributing a freak accident last week in which a runaway United Parcel Service delivery truck crashed into a building on First Avenue North to mechanical failure of the truck.
    Police Chief Steve Harkins said Monday that the investigating officer found the truck still in park and with the emergency brake engaged when the officer arrived at the scene. The accident, at about 11:24 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 8, caused about $10,000 in damage to the Hospice and Palliative Care office on First Avenue North.
    Harkins said the UPS driver, Kurt Almquist, 56, of Hailey, was making a delivery to the Sun Valley Center for the Arts at 191 E. Fifth Street when the accident occurred.
    “He said he stopped the truck, put it in park and pulled the emergency brake,” Harkins said. “When he was coming back to the truck, he saw it rolling away down Fifth Street.”
    The truck rolled down a steep incline on Fifth Street and crossed First Avenue. Before hitting the building, the truck ran over a stop sign and a fire hydrant. Harkins said damage to the stop sign and hydrant was about $400. A Ketchum police report did not state how much damage was caused to the truck.
    The truck struck a room in the building used for meetings. No one was in the room at the time, so there were no injuries.
    Harkins said the investigation is now concluded and no citations will be issued.

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