A driver lost control of his truck and smashed into Indy Customs in Indianapolis, Indiana, early last month, days before the shop’s scheduled grand opening.
Shop owner Scott Hill was on his way to work when he received word of the crash.
“I was trying to understand at that point,” Hill told CBS4. “Obviously, my heart sank and I didn’t know what was going on. I just wanted to get here and make sure everyone was alright.”
The truck was removed from the building in several large pieces, according to The Indianapolis Star.
Photos released by IFD show the truck and building destroyed beyond recognition.
9:52 AM – Driver (44) critical after his truck comes off I65S at 38th & Industrial Blvd. clips van, goes airborne and hits building. 7 teens & 1 adult driver (18) in white van OK. All transported to Eskenazi. 1 inside bldg ok – scheduled to have a grand opening on Saturday pic.twitter.com/39rE0wt1Zw
— IFD NEWS (@IFD_NEWS) January 3, 2019
Indianapolis Metropolitan police are still investigating the cause of the crash. IFD assessed the structural stability of the building and found they did not need to reinforce the structure.
Protect your shop
It’s impossible to tell when an accident is going to occur. Still, shops can take steps to limit their losses — such as storing combustible items properly, ensuring their buildings are up to code, and staying on top of their insurance policy coverage terms and payments.
Also, please join us in wishing the injured driver and Indy Customs a speedy recovery.