BERNE, Ind. (WANE) A tanker truck crashed through a Berne auto lot on Tuesday, destroying several cars and property in its path.
Around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, a northbound semi crossed over U.S. 27/South Church Avenue at S.R. 218/West Main Street in Berne. The tanker truck sped up and over the sidewalk then crashed into a lot of cars at Classics Plus Auto Sales. The owner, Bryan Grimm, was in the lot talking to his son Cody who also works for the shop. Cody said it was a surreal moment.
“It’s just this huge semi coming,” he said. “Taking out all these cars that we’ve kept well and clean. It’s all gone within seconds. It’s just surreal.”
He said the truck driver took out a whole row of cars: 9 total. He said that’s about half the cars in his inventory. Bryan Grimm said the company has been in business for more than 30 years. He never could have imagined something like this happened. But he said he is looking on the bright side.
“No one got hurt,” said Grimm.”That’s all that matters. Everything else is replaceable. It’s just metal.”
Several cars and a van sustained damage in the crash. A small white SUV was left crushed beneath the tanker. A corner of a building was also damaged.
There’s no word yet on the cost of repairing the building but Grimm said there’s at least $102,000 in damage from just the cars. Police have not said why the semi driver lost control of his rig. The wife of the owner of the lot said nobody was injured in the crash. It’s not clear what the truck was hauling. Tanker trucks can carry liquefied loads, dry bulk cargo like feed or grains, or gases.