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Dump Truck Crashes Into Parked Van, Store

Posted September 24, 2003 11:57 a.m. EDT

— The driver of a dump truck has been charged after crashing the vehicle into a Wake County convenience store Wednesday morning.

Wake County officials said the driver of the dump truck, Bill Wilkins, swerved to avoid a vehicle in front of it near the intersection of Highway 98 and 50.

Wilkins ended up crossing a patch of land and hitting a van parked in front of the One Stop Sports Shop before slamming into the building. He suffered minor injuries.

"I'm doing fine. I'm sore, but I'm all right," he said.

Two women working inside the store were not injured, but are shaken.

"We ran to the back of the store and when I turned around there was a dump truck there," employee Julie Sigmon said.

The timing could not have been better for Steve Melton, whose van was parked outside the store.

"I just briefly left the vehicle to go to the restroom. I heard a very loud noise and a couple of screams," he said.

Melton's van was pinned between the dump truck and the store.

"It's good the car was there, because it could have come through the store and possibly hurt somebody if not killed somebody," he said.

Wilkins was charged with with failure to maintain his lane and driving left of center.