Rock hauler slams into city offices after a car fails to yield

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : November 7, 2012

Canton city hall damaged by 18-wheeler

Monitor Photo/Julie Vaughan
The driver of an 18-wheeler died Tuesday when he slammed into the Canton City Office Complex just after 1 p.m. According to officials, the driver was attempting to avoid a vehicle that had pulled out in front of him on State Highway 64 from Van Zandt County Road 4126.

Truck driver dead at scene, city employees uninjured

By Julie Vaughan
Monitor Staff Writer

CANTON–In the middle of a regional emergency training exercise at the Van Zandt County Courthouse Tuesday afternoon, chaos erupted when Canton city officials, who were attending the meeting, learned an 18-wheeler had crashed into the City Office Complex.
Just after 1 p.m., Canton city manager Lonny Cluck was notified that an 18-wheeler had struck city hall and the building was on fire.
Department of Public Safety Trooper Andrew Faglie said although the incident is still under investigation, he believes only the driver was in the 18-wheeler at the time of the crash, who was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Ronnie Daniel.. The name of the driver was not released at press time.
“A couple had come out of (VZCR) 4126 traveling east onto (State Highway) 64 and the semi were eastbound (on 64),” Faglie explained. “He (truck driver) T-boned the SUV and lost control and went into the ditch and into the annex and the building and the truck caught on fire.”
Faglie said the driver of the SUV was at fault for failure to yield the right-of-way.
The incident is still under investigation.