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Truck crash into Colbert Co. business caught on tape

Published: Nov. 3, 2014 at 9:44 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 1, 2014 at 9:44 PM CST
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Officials said the truck plowed through a fence and into the Spring Valley Water Dept....
Officials said the truck plowed through a fence and into the Spring Valley Water Dept. building. (Source: WAFF)

TUSCUMBIA, AL (WAFF) - A pickup truck hauling a trailer slammed into a Colbert County business, and it's all caught on tape.

Surveillance video from the Spring Valley Volunteer Fire Department, which sits next to the building that was hit, captured the incident from multiple angles.

It happened just before 10 p.m. Sunday. Officials said the driver was transported to the hospital by ambulance. Sources close to the case said he's doing okay,and lucky to be alive.

Eugene Goforth was coming out of his house right as the crash happened.

"He was doing his best to control it, but the truck and the trailer with the Baja (the ATV) behind it, it was just pushing him," Goforth recalled. "There's really nothing he could do."

Officials said the truck plowed through a fence, over a sand mound, took out a steel beam, and eventually stopped inside the building.

"Jesus had to be with him; you know how they sometimes say 'God is with you,' well, he was with him." Goforth said.

"The gentleman that wrecked, he's been very blessed," said Spring Valley employee Melissa Tidwell. "The Lord had his hand on him."

Tidwell and other Spring Valley Water System employees spent most of the day picking up the debris.

She said there's only one way to describe what she saw Sunday night when she got to the scene.

"Chaos," she said. "But mostly we're just glad he's okay. All this stuff can be replaced, but he can't, and that's what we're grateful for."

Tidwell said despite the damage to the building, no customers were affected by the crash, and their employees were still able to work.

In the meantime, those who live nearby said this is a dangerous curve, and they're pleading with drivers to slow down.

"All I can say is be careful, drive slower, because this is a dangerous spot right here," Goforth said. "There's been a lot of people getting killed here or hurt, and there's going to be a lot more if people don't slow down."

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