Kent business left in shambles after truck rams into building


by KING 5 News

Posted on May 13, 2011 at 12:33 PM

Updated Friday, May 13 at 12:44 PM

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KENT, Wash. -- Workers at Star Stainless Screw Company are picking up the pieces after a pickup truck slammed right through the front door early Friday.

It happened around 2:20 a.m. at the Star Stainless Screw Company in the 22000 block of 72nd Avenue South. Police said the driver was headed southbound on 72nd Avenue South when he missed a turn, hit a shrub and went flying through the glass door.

"He went through at a corner at an angle, took out Michelle's desk, part of Denise's desk, into the little hallway and then right into the men's bathroom, took out part of our lunchroom," said an employee.

The result was broken glass and busted beams. The driver even broke a water main, so for awhile gushing water added to the mess.

The driver, a 26-year-old man, suffered a minor cut to his hand; no one else was hurt.

Police said the driver then tried to get away after the crash.  Officers caught him backing out of the building when they arrived. The driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI.

While the driver was ok, the building is not. Employees are upset to see all the damage done to the office building.

"The situation is not good. There's no water, heat, no electricity, there's nothing to do here," said Dek Hassan, employee.

Investigators were still assessing the full extent of the damage.