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Truck Accidentally Brings Down Building in Cameron

Photo by Alan Olson A damaged truck props up the remains of a building it struck along Dragon Highway near Cameron. The building had been vacant for some time, and no injuries were reported, according to authorities.

A courtesy extended between truck drivers inadvertently finished what a fire started years prior, accidentally knocking down a building near Cameron on Wednesday afternoon.

Around 1 p.m., calls came in that the building on Dragon Highway had collapsed, pinning a truck underneath it. The truck’s driver, who was unhurt, told officials that he had pulled off the road to make room for an oversized load leaving town, pulling off the shoulder to give more space. In the process, part of the truck’s cab struck a blighted building, according to Mike Simms of the Cameron Fire Department. The building had been damaged years prior in a fire.

“As he was coming out, his headache rack hit the corner of the building and it just came down on him,” Simms said.

Colliding with the building toppled the building around the truck, damaging one of its exhausts and pinning it under the rubble, with the remainder in a precarious position. For more than an hour, traffic was limited to one lane on the north end until a bulldozer was brought in to shift the weight of the building off the truck. Traffic was reopened shortly after, around 2 p.m.

The building had been used for storage in the meantime, including a car owned by Mike Matthews, who was also on site.

Matthews was in good spirits, despite the circumstances, and was offering to provide tools and assistance to help manage the rubble of the destroyed building.

“It happens,” Matthews said, chuckling. “I don’t think it was neglect or anything like that. He was just getting out the way, and I was getting up (the) hill and passed the wide load going down. I get up here, and I was just, whoa!”

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