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Store reopens after truck crashes through wall

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Saturday, August 07, 2004

By Julia Hall
of the NEWS Staff

LAGRANGE - The All-N-One Stop convenience store is open for business after a truck with no working brakes crashed through the building's front wall Thursday evening. It was the second time in recent years that a vehicle has crashed into the Bennoch Road store, according to store clerk Annette Ezrow.

"It was just a strange happening to have it happen again," Ezrow said Friday from the store.

Tony Woodard of LaGrange was taking his pickup truck, which had been sitting idle for a few years, for a test drive, according to Sgt. William Birch of the Penobscot County Sheriff's Department.

Woodard could not brake his vehicle, which crashed through the front side of the store, causing an estimated $6,000 in damage, Birch said.

"Imagine a convenience store wall and everything on that wall, and he put that truck right through it," Birch said.

A store clerk was injured during the crash.

Cathy Leach was taken by ambulance to Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft. She had bruises on her face and a sprained wrist, according to Ezrow. Leach was treated, then released Thursday evening from the hospital. She is doing well, her co-worker said.

"I think she's just pretty shook up. I don't blame her," said Ezrow, who had left the store just minutes before the crash.

The store's owner, Warren Brasslett, had put up cement barriers on that wall after the first crash, Ezrow said, but it did little to prevent damage a second time.

"It didn't do a thing to stop that truck. That thing was rolling," Ezrow said.

It took Brasslet and friends and neighbors the better part of the evening to repair the wall, Ezrow said.

Woodard was summoned for operating after suspension and operating an unlicensed vehicle. His truck had not been licensed since 1998.

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