The driver of a tractor trailer had to make a split second decision Monday morning that may have saved several lives.
Garrett Pendleton just left his lot on SR 104 Monday morning around 11 am when the Ford Sterling Tractor Trailer he was in malfunctioned. Pendleton said the truck’s throttle appeared to be stuck, only a few hundred feet from the busy intersection of SR 348 and SR 104. “I didn’t want to get to the intersection,” Pendleton, who appeared uninjured said Monday. “There was a line of cars and I had to do something.”
Pendleton said he was going to exit SR 104 to the left, but saw some workers and decided a building on the right would stop his rig. He exited the highway to the right, striking the former Nickles Daycare on the back corner, finally coming to rest. Debris from both the truck and the building littered the grass for several feet.
An Ohio State Highway Patrol spokesman on the scene said Pendleton made a wise decision to avoid the intersection. He said the brakes on the truck appeared to be in working order, although there were no skid marks.