May 07, 2021

Flipped truck rams Greenville building

GREENVILLE – A Quebec man was charged with imprudent speed Wednesday after he lost control of his wood chip truck on Route 15 and it struck the Depot Street Development building.

Jeannot Trepanier, 31, of St. Come, Quebec, was taken by ambulance to Charles A. Dean Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries and later released.

Trepanier, who was driving a Freightliner loaded with wood chips from Canada, was traveling southbound on Route 15 at 7:25 a.m. when he failed to negotiate a left-hand turn and the truck flipped onto its right side into the building, according to police Officer Charlie Runnels.

Extensive structural damage was done to the building and significant damage to a small bridge over Wiggins Stream.

State Department of Environmental Protection officials and Greenville firefighters were called to the accident site because diesel fuel, engine oil and antifreeze leaked, Runnels said. He said an insignificant amount of liquid went into the stream.

Runnels praised local firefighters, who quickly mopped up the liquids with absorbent pads to prevent further environmental damage.

Correction: A shorter version ran in state edition.

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