SOUTHINGTON — A tractor-trailer struck and damaged a West Main Street building Tuesday afternoon after it couldn’t fit through an underpass.
The truck damaged Dean’s Stove and Spa, 120 W. Main Street. Town building officials responded to the scene to assess the damage.
“The steel beam that was knocked out supports the end of the wooden beams and the whole face of the building,” Southington Building Official John Smigel said. “ At any point, the bricks all the way up to the roof line can fall.”
Due to the present dangers around the building, public safety officials created a safety perimeter around the site of the crash and and recommended that any offices near the damage and the restroom below should be closed off. However, the company’s showroom and other areas further from the damage were ruled safe.
According to Smigel, the truck was not holding up the overhang, and was safe to be removed.
After dropping off a load of hot tubs to Dean’s Stove and Spa, the truck proceeded under the overhang. The truck was now higher than it was prior to the delivery because it contained less weight, however, and the increased height caused the truck collide with the building.
“It was extremely loud,” said Dean’s Stove and Spa employee Taylor Webb, who was sitting at a desk near a window that fell from the building. “The whole side of the building shook. I didn’t know what was going on, but it felt like it lasted forever. Very scary, to say the least.”
No injuries were reported in the incident.