ROCKLAND – A restaurant on Main Street in Rockland was forced to make an unexpected temporary closure this morning, November 22, after the corner of the building was hit by a tractor-trailer truck.
At approximately 5:45 a.m., Atlantic Baking Company employees preparing in the kitchen for the upcoming breakfast rush were shaken by the sound of a vehicle hitting the outside corner of the building. By the time these employees recorded what they had just heard and looked outside, the vehicle had continued on its way.
Upon further investigation, it was determined that a semi-trailer truck was attempting to turn right from Main Street to Winter Street, “an impossible mission,” according to Rockland Police, causing the trailer to graze the corner of the street. building.
As Rockland firefighters assessed the structural integrity of the building and found trestles to close off this part of the sidewalk to pedestrians, one officer questioned employees while another went in search of a damaged vehicle.
By following partial descriptions and clues provided by witnesses, the officer was able to locate a 2016 Freightliner tractor out of state, owner – EXCELERATE 2 LLC – towing a 2017 Hyundai trailer, owner – G & P EQUIPMENT INC – at Lime Street, where he was waiting to make a delivery.
“Due to torrential rain creating poor visibility, the driver did not realize he had contacted the building, backed up and continued along Main Street,” police said.
The driver, Torrance Roberts, 48, of South Carolina, was not injured. He was wearing a seat belt.
The vehicle was left with minimal damage to the trailer, with paint transfer to the building.
The building sustained significant structural damage, causing the business to shut down until it could be assessed for safety, police said.
No injuries occurred during this incident and no charges are pending.
The accident was investigated by Rockland Police Officer Izzi.
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