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Unmanned Tanker Slams Into Raleigh Drug Store

Posted April 3, 2007
Updated April 4, 2007

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— The idea of a drive-thru pharmacy took on a whole new meaning in North Raleigh Tuesday morning, when a tanker truck rolled across six lanes of Glenwood Avenue and crashed into the window of a CVS Pharmacy at Millbrook Road.

The truck had been parked at a nearby Shell gas station when it rolled across the highway, dodging utility poles and several signs before smashing into the CVS store. Damage to the store was estimated at $100,000.

The tanker truck, loaded with gasoline, took out a brick wall and shattered the front door. But it stopped short of the cosmetics aisle. The store, which hadn’t opened for the day, was empty and no one was injured.

Police said the trucker, who drives for Huffman Oil Company, went inside the station to get a meter reading before unloading the fuel. According to police, the trucker did not engage the brake or put the vehicle into gear. When the trucker came back out, his truck was in the drug store. None of the gasoline in the trailer leaked out, police said.

"We were very lucky this morning,” said Raleigh Police Capt. Terrie Hardy. “There was light traffic due to spring break, and (it happened at) 6:20 in the morning."

CVS trucker Mike Shiflett was driving from Virginia when he heard about this accident on the radio. He thought nothing of it until he made his first stop.

"The manager of this store, his wife came in and said 'No, there's a truck that run into the CVS and it'll probably be a long time before you make a delivery,’” Shiflett said.

By early afternoon, a wrecker pulled the rig out from beneath the store’s "Welcome" sign. A CVS spokesperson says it's not clear when the store will be ready to re-open.

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  • Corvette Sales Apr 4, 2007

    Is the truck still in the store and did everyone get there pictures?

  • rainy39 Apr 3, 2007

    LOL pms50. Its about 10:23pm and I am just now getting back to this topic. Apparently alot happened while we were both away..lol

  • IteachforJesus Apr 3, 2007

    Umm...air brakes are the yellow and red buttons dude.

  • Here kitty kitty Apr 3, 2007

    Amen, anybody but Carolina, amen!!

  • Eaglespirit Apr 3, 2007

    duh....what's this rubber thang for?

  • Corvette Sales Apr 3, 2007

    pms50, see praying does help. LOL

  • Corvette Sales Apr 3, 2007

    seeingthur, did you say you had herpes and craps? LOL

    and 5blues eyes this is funny. ROFL

  • motorfingaz Apr 3, 2007

    yeah religion round here is like having infectious herpes or crabs or something. Most "religious " people i know are the biggest hypocrites I know. . .and love to look down my dress top.

    seeingthru

    AMEN!
    %d_text=yeah religion r

  • Here kitty kitty Apr 3, 2007

    Yeah, NCBaby, I'll just bet the driver was praying: "Please Lord stop that truck, please, Lord..." WHAM!! "Thank you Lord, Thank you Lord!!"

  • Here kitty kitty Apr 3, 2007

    seeingthru, hopefully if you knew me you'd see I'm not one of those. I give my opinion but I try to be very careful and respectful about how I present it. But I sure don't understand how a truck story ended up being about religion. I've been reading all day and haven't figured it out yet!

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