Driver killed after pickup crashes into Clay Twp. body shop, erupts in flames ID’d

Demolition has begun at the intersection of National Road and Arlington Road Tuesday, July 13, 2021, after a truck crashed into a business, catching both on fire. According to the owner of the business he plans to stay open. MARSHALL GORBYSTAFF

Due to the size of business, fire crews completed primary and secondary searches for any additional victims.

“We were able to determine pretty quickly that anywhere in the building where anybody could be that we were unable to check was not survivable space,” Fletcher said.

Fire crews were successful in fighting and controlling the fire.

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The body shop was in an area without fire hydrants.

“With the assistance of several of our neighboring departments, we were able to bring in adequate enough water and get the water in the right places to save a good bit of business here,” Fletcher said.

Despite the damage, owner Michael Howell said he planned to open Tuesday and run his business out of the part of the building where employees work on cars.

He said the truck hit the part of the building where his office is and the crash and fire didn’t damage any of his customers’ vehicles.

The crash remains under investigation, but speed is suspected to be a factor, according to the highway patrol.

Troopers said is is not known whether Buckley was wearing a seat belt, and it also is unknown whether drug or alcohol use was a factor.

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