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Truck crashes into Wilson County convenience store

Posted March 8, 2013

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— A truck driver was slightly injured Friday morning after he blacked out and crashed the vehicle into a convenience store off U.S. 301 in Lucama, authorities said.

A female clerk working inside Aycock’s Crossing Gas and Grocery escaped unhurt, but the store was heavily damaged.

The crash happened about 9 a.m. when the driver – identified as 72-year-old Shelton Campbell – lost control of the truck as he headed north on the highway and plowed into the store.

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Campbell told State Highway Patrol troopers that he is diabetic and blacked out from low blood sugar before the crash. Troopers said no skids marks on the pavement show that brakes were not applied as the truck slammed into the front corner of the store. The impact also forced two parked cars into the building.

Campbell, who works for a Ryder truck rental company in Latta, S.C., was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries and released, troopers said. He was cited for failure to maintain a proper lane.

The crash was a close call for the clerk, who was on the opposite side of the store at the time, and owner Richard Nettey, who left the building shortly before the rig rammed it.

"I was doing some deposit paperwork. Normally, I stay behind do to the day-after paperwork...but something told me no," he said.

Nettey said he drove to Walmart to pick up a few groceries.

"As soon as I pulled into Walmart parking lot, I got a call from my wife saying a truck ran into my store," he said. "I couldn't believe it. I stopped what I was doing, turned around and came back."

The business is a family affair for the Netteys. Richard Nettey said his wife usually watches over their children – ages 3 and 2 – at the store, and the kids often play in the front area where the crash happened.

The children weren't at the store Friday because their mom was running late, Nettey said.

"We thought we was secure," he said. "But this happens and now I have to think about my security."


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  • beachboater Mar 11, 2013

    "He was probably texting, "Just hit building lol." I'm glad noone was seriously hurt."

    Why don't people read the story before posting?

  • Teacher-Scientist Mar 8, 2013

    "He was probably texting, "Just hit building lol." I'm glad noone was seriously hurt."

    No, the author of the article indicates that he was diabetic, not texting. Depending on the type and condition of a diabetic patient, blood sugar levels can drop- or spike- drastically and suddenly and cause unconsciousness, so it is not necessarily because he was not taking care of himself.

  • Skywatch_NC Mar 8, 2013

    Thankfully no one seriously injured or killed.

    I remember a similar crash happened a few years ago that took out a restaurant in Youngsville that my folks and I enjoyed eating at on occasion.

  • godshelper Mar 8, 2013

    People like this worry me. If he has a condition in which he can not control then he should be escorted down to the local Division of Motor Vehicles in whatever state he is licensed in and he should be forced to SURRENDER his drivers license before he kills someone innocent. This was preventable. This is manageable. He failed to take care of himself. This is the result of negligence on his part.

  • Poupmouse Mar 8, 2013

    He was probably texting, "Just hit building lol."
    I'm glad noone was seriously hurt.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Mar 8, 2013

    Praying the family can be fully restored, and thanking God fewer people, including the wee children, were in the store at the time.

  • kipfran Mar 8, 2013

    This store is down the street from where I live and I know the family well. This is just a freak accident. They think the driver of the truck passed out right before he drove off the road. and I thank God no one was seriously hurt because this could have been a lot worse. Something kept the owner's wife from being there on time with her children this morning and that is a great thing whatever it was.

  • batcave Mar 8, 2013

    I've never seen so many accidents involving structures in my life until moving here.

    It happens everywhere, mostly Northeast. Bronx zoo. And who is they??

  • Obamacare rises Mar 8, 2013

    And who exactly is "They"?

    Native North Carolinians of course.

  • jhk0704 Mar 8, 2013

    They just love running into buildings

    And who exactly is "They"?