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Oakwood repair shop slammed by pickup

POSTED: October 10, 2008 5:01 a.m.
SARA GUEVARA/The Times

A Lanier Career Academy student lost control of his red Ford pick-up truck on Interstate 985 and crashed through Stratos Import Auto Repair in Oakwood Monday afternoon.

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No one was injured when a Lanier Career Academy student lost control of his red pickup truck on Interstate 985 and crashed through Stratos Import Auto Repair in Oakwood Monday afternoon.

The owner of the auto repair shop, Chris Stratos, said he was working on a vehicle when he heard a "horrific explosion" at about noon Monday. A red pickup had driven through the wall of the Wallis Road auto repair shop, damaging at least three vehicles that were in for repairs before coming to a halt.

"I turned around and that’s what I saw, all that damage," Stratos said.

"The structure is weak on both ends, so they’re going to have to true up the building before anybody can even enter to remove the vehicles," Moon said.

Initial reports were that the driver of the red pickup, who refused to release his name at the scene, may have fallen asleep as he was driving north on I-985. The driver, who identified himself as a Lanier Career Academy student, said he was on his way to school when the wreck occurred. The driver suffered no serious injuries, but had seat belt burns on his neck.

"Which is a miracle," Moon said.

Authorities have not yet released the name or the age of the driver.

The Georgia State Patrol is investigating the accident.

Officials cut off the utilities supplying the building with electricity, gas and water, and deemed the structure unfit for occupancy, Oakwood Police Chief Randall Moon said.

 



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