Roll-Away Dump Truck Causes Havoc at Nearby Apartment Building

The truck ran into a car, which was pushed half-way into a ground-floor apartment; no injuries were reported.

A roll-away dump truck caused a collision that sent a parked car into a Norcross-area apartment building Wednesday, March 19, after 6 p.m.

Fortunately, no injuries were reported.

According to Gwinnett Fire spokesman Capt. Tommy Rutledge, the dump truck rolled around 40 yards and struck the car, pushing it half-way through a ground-floor unit at the Arbor Mill Apartments at 1850 Graves Road.

Both vehicles and the apartment were unoccupied at the time of the incident.

“We are fortunate that no one was home in the ground floor apartment and that the vehicle and dump truck were unoccupied,” Rutledge said in an email.

The dump truck was part of a grading operation nearby, and the driver was away from the truck.

The fire department’s technical rescue team was called to the scene to assess the damage to a load-bearing wall inside the apartment.

“Technical rescue team members are using shoring systems and equipment to stabilize the wall until building engineers can evaluate the integrity of the structure,” Rutledge said, noting that two apartments were evacuated above the impacted unit as a precaution.


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