Tractor-trailer runs into Rite Aid

Apr. 17, 2014 @ 04:23 PM

A truck crashed into Rite Aid at U.S. 74 and Sutherland Avenue Wednesday night damaging the front of the building

The truck involved was a turkey truck from Gerald Clontz Trucking Inc. in Midland, which was not carrying turkeys at the time.

The incident happened around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday and is still under investigation, Bryan Gilliard, interim police chief of the Monroe Police Department said.

"It appears he had a medical condition, we haven't got that verified yet but it appears it was a medical condition that caused the driver to lose control," Gilliard said.

The driver of the vehicle was Anthony Martin, 43, of Lumberton, who had some injuries and was taken to the hospital afterwards. There were two employees in the store at the time the truck crashed into it but they were not injured. There were also no customers in the store at the time. The wreck is still under investigation but it is believed that Martin was traveling on U.S. 74 and somehow veered off of the road and crashed into the Right Aid, he said.

"It is closed until further notice," Ashley Flower, a spokesperson for Rite Aid said Thursday in reference to the store at U.S. 74 and Sutherland Avenue.

The store was closed at the time Wednesday when the truck crashed into it. Thursday morning they were still working to access the amount of damage. Until repairs are made, the store will remain closed for now. Customers of the store's pharmacy are asked to use the Rite Aid location on Skyway Drive in Monroe until further notice, she said.

Attempts to contact Gerald Clontz Trucking Inc. were not successful as of press time.