Truck hits building in Clarkston, driver freed

Sarah Rahal, and Oralandar Brand-Williams
The Detroit News

Clarkston — Firefighters freed a truck driver whose vehicle ran into a building Friday after hitting several other vehicles, an Oakland County Sheriff’s official said.

According to the sheriff’s office, the 2011 Volvo tractor was hauling two dirt-filled trailersnorthbound on Main about 1:17 p.m.  when it struck a Chevy Trailblazer and a Buick , then crashed into the Clarkston Village Dental Office.

A truck driver crashed his rig into a building Friday after hitting several other vehicles in the area of Waldon and M-15 in Clarkston.

Witnesses told investigators the driver appeared to run a red light at Main Street and Waldon Road "then went left of center to avoid a
collision with traffic that had the green traffic signal," sheriff's officials said in a statement.

The drivers of the cars and one passenger reported minor injuries. The truck driver, identified as a 52-year-old Oxford Township resident, also sustained minor injuries and refused to be transported to a hospital.

He was cited for disregarding a traffic signal and released at the scene, county authorities said.

The building is home to five apartment units and a dentist office near the rear basement.

Brent Bishop of Harrison Township was grabbing his laptop from the back seat of his vehicle parked outside of the nearby Union Kitchen and Bar when he heard the truck’s brakes squealing.

“He was coming up M-15 heading through town toward 75 when he saw a parked white car in his path, and I don’t know if he got distracted or what happened, but he blasted the vehicle from the front, swerved and barreled into the dentist office,” said Bishop, 36.

A truck driver crashed his rig into a building Friday after hitting several other vehicles in the area of Waldon and M-15 in Clarkston.

“The entire trailer was inside the building, and there were no fatalities? That’s truly a miracle.”

Tenant Greg Summerlee, 59, said he was on his way home for lunch when a friend at the Union notified him of the incident.

“My friend texted me after seeing the crash and wanted to know if I was all right,” Summerlee said. “They let me up to get a few things, but that’s it.”

Another tenant, Matt Spring, said it looks like the truck hit the waiting room of the dentist office but didn’t damage the foundation of the building.

“I was here in the parking lot getting in my car to go to work at On The Border when it hit,” said Spring, 46. “I just hope everyone’s all right.”

Multiple departments assisted at the scene, along with DTE Energy Co. and Consumers Energy, whose representatives said the truck couldn’t be removed until power lines in the area were shut down.

A gas leak that resulted from the crash in the area of Waldon and M-15 was stopped by the utility company, the sheriff’s office said.