CHAMPION Twp., Ohio (WKBN)- A road and several businesses had to close after a semi crashed into a building Thursday morning.
It happened about 7:45 a.m. on State Road near Mahoning Avenue. State Road has since reopened.
Champion Police Chief Larry Skaggs says the truck driver was trying to turn around in the parking lot of Fat Cats Tattoo Body Piercings after he missed the gas station. That’s when the truck took out the utility pole, pulling power lines from both Fat Cats and nearby Dairy Queen, which is located in its own building.
“Which then caused a hazmat spill because of the transformer fluid,” Skaggs said.
Skaggs says the driver cut the corner too short and took out the awning on Fat Cats, damaging the building significantly.
“He cut the corner too short and struck the side of the building, and then ripped open his semi,” Skaggs said.
Crews cut the trailer, which was filled with electronics headed for Texas, before removing it from the awning.
Skaggs says the driver, Garrett Hughes was cited for driving within marked lanes.
Hughes did not want to go on camera but told First News that this was his first week driving and he made a rookie mistake.
Randy Caldwell and his team worked to repair damages to the Dairy Queen.
“Our damage is extensive. It ripped the power out of the building, so we’re fixing that right now,” Caldwell said.
Caldwell says some inventory was lost, but they worked to save what they could by taking it to other Dairy Queen locations in Cortland and Newton Falls. He hopes to be back open on Friday.
“In our wildest expectation, we did not expect to show up to this much damage and just destruction,” Caldwell said.
Hair Way to Heaven Salon was also damaged.
No injuries were reported.
Brian Oehlbeck contributed to this report.