Garbage truck rolls across street, crashes into building while driver uses bathroom


Henrietta, N.Y. (WHAM) - A Henrietta art, gift and oddities shop owner said a disposal company literally crushed her dream business turning 'A Beautiful Mess' into a terrible mess.

Jeri Flack enjoys changing around the decor inside her East Henrietta store A Beautiful Mess.

"It's a dream of mine come true, “she said. “What I've been living for and hoping for my whole life."

Flack opened the shop in June, but on Monday, it closed.

"They crashed into my dream," Flack said.

The business owner said she got a call from police around 7:00 a.m. They said that a Syracuse-based garbage truck rolled away from a Sunoco gas station across the street and slammed into the side of her 200-year-old building.

“I saw my building just wrecked in the front so bad that I can't open back up," said Flack.

Several Sunoco employees saw the accident.

“I see a lot of crazy stuff up here, but I ain't never seen nothing like that," said T.J. Rauber.

The truck left tire tracks in the dirt and lawn in front of Flack’s business.

The impact from the crash caused a window to bust, a portion of the roof to tear and chunks of bricks from the building were knocked down, causing structural damage.

"It's terrible,” Flack said. “I have a pit in my stomach. I don't know what to do."

Witnesses tell 13WHAM the garbage truck driver pulled into a spot in front of a caged in dumpster at Sunoco. The driver got out to use the bathroom and that's when they noticed the truck roll away. It went between two gas pumps, crossed E. Henrietta Road and barreled into the business.

"The guy that had the truck came out of the bathroom looking confused,” Rauber said. “He was running after the car too. I guess it was just a mistake by him. I don't know how he didn't know to park the car.”

Flack said she was just getting the store ready for the holidays.

"Christmas is coming,” she said. “I got new products and customers keep calling."

Now, she's worried it won't be ready in time. Plus, she said she's losing more than a thousand dollars a day not being open.

Flack is working to contact the rubbish removal company for damages.

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