Semi crashes in downtown Standish
Detours traffic for hours
STANDISH â€” The city of Standish was just inches away from having to deal with a structural disaster to one of its downtown buildings Tuesday, when a semi flipped over at the intersection of E. Cedar St. and N. Main St. The vehicle came to rest just inches away from hitting Brummer Family Dentistryâ€™s front wall.
The semi also spilled pelleted chicken manure, leaked diesel fuel, and snapped a light post, while ripping the awning that hangs just outside of the officeâ€™s front door.
According to Arenac County Sheriff Department Undersheriff Don McIntyre, nobody was injured.
â€śNo one was hurt,â€ť he said about the accident. â€śIt was open for business.â€ť
Dentist Ben Brummer, who owns the office, said that he could feel the ground shake when the truck slammed to the ground.
â€śThe whole building shook,â€ť he said. â€śI am glad that everyone is OK.â€ť
Brummer also said that the damage to his awning should be covered by his insurance.
â€śIt should be covered by insurance. I havenâ€™t looked at it since the cleanup,â€ť he said Wednesday afternoon. â€śI think that it was only the awning.â€ť
According to the McIntyre, the accident, which was called in at 11:30 in the morning, happened when the truck tried to turn onto N. Main Street, but failed to make the turn because of the speed the truck was traveling during the attempt.
â€śThe crash was attributed to the driverâ€™s speed when making the turn. The crash is still under investigation,â€ť McIntyre said. â€śWeâ€™re getting assistance from the motorcade division. Charges could be pending.â€ť
The crash, which did detour traffic, was cleaned up around 5 p.m., as emergency crews and Sunrise Towing cleaned up the area.
Robert Schnetzler, who owns The Granton Inn, said that the accident definitely affected business.
â€śYes, itâ€™s a holiday week. There was a lot of (onlookers) taking up spots,â€ť he said about the parking behind his restaurant. â€śThe building shook when it happened (and) it happened right at lunch. The sheriff was here by the time I got out there.â€ť
Though an accident is never a good thing, McIntyre said that the department is just glad that it wasnâ€™t any worse.
â€śA few feet more and we could be in a different position this morning,â€ť he said Wednesday. â€śThank God it wasnâ€™t on the holiday weekend.â€ť