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Tractor-trailer hits, collapses vacant building in eastern Johnston County

Posted November 27, 2020 7:42 p.m. EST
Updated November 27, 2020 10:14 p.m. EST

— A tractor-trailer ran into a building in eastern Johnston County Friday night, causing the building to collapse.

The truck first hit a car, sending it spinning, then came to a stop under the building. The driver of the car was cited for failure to stop at a stop sign.

N.C. Highway 39 was closed in both directions, near N.C. Highway 231 in Johnston County near Middlesex for about three hours as law enforcement officers and firefighters investigated the crash.

The driver of the truck was taken to an area hospital with injuries the fire marshal said were not serious. The driver of the car wasn't hurt.

"The good Lord was riding with both of them," said Chief Ross Carol of the Corinth-Holders Fire Department.

The owner of the building told WRAL News it had been the Emit post office until 1910, then served as a store and had been vacant for decades.

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