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Van crashes into Sanford boat dealership

Posted December 22, 2009

— One person was injured Tuesday morning when a van slammed into the showroom at Chatlee Boats, authorities said.

The passenger van crashed through the front of the boat dealership, at 2615 Jefferson Davis Highway, at about 9:15 a.m. after it was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer while making a turn, said Trooper K.T. Hill of the state Highway Patrol.

Prentice Jackson Jr., 54, of Cameron, the driver of the van, was taken to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill for treatment of minor injuries, Hill said.

Charges are pending against the truck driver, Clinton Edwards, 28, of Bear Creek, Hill said.

Hill estimated damage to Chatlee Boats, including four or five boats that were hit during the wreck, at $150,000 to $200,000.


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  • mastercraftstyle Dec 23, 2009

    Hill is the state trooper, not the owner of Chatlee.

  • CrewMax Dec 22, 2009

    "Hill estimated damage to Chatlee Boats, including four or five boats that were hit during the wreck, at $150,000 to $200,000."

    That's what he gets for using his own shop to do the repairs!

  • mastercraftstyle Dec 22, 2009

    It took out at least two boats on the outside that were in front of the store.

  • Redneck Fun Dec 22, 2009

    Just noticed in the video there were boats inside. Also noticed it wiped out the very nice expensive digital sign outside.

  • Redneck Fun Dec 22, 2009

    A boat dealership... in Sanford?

    Yes we have two!! Chatlee has been around for years and is a highly rated dealership!! One possible good note, I don't think there were any boats in there. They were all in another building the other day, but I haven't been by there in a couple of days. They could have put them back in.

    wildcat: If the only info you get comes from a short article on WRAL and you assume WRAL covered every detail, then God help you.

  • tolpc Dec 22, 2009

    Obviously someone was never told about how one should not assume...and what it makes one out to be...

  • tolpc Dec 22, 2009

    look at the video of the accident from sky 5, yellow 18 wheeler,genius...

  • dugmeister Dec 22, 2009

    I hate it when that happens!

  • mastercraftstyle Dec 22, 2009

    Chatlee is the biggest boat dealership on the East Coast.

  • wildcat Dec 22, 2009

    I did not see a picture of the 18-wheeler. How did it fit in? Was not mention in the story.