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A logging truck smashed through their building. Now they’re struggling to rebuild their lives

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A logging truck crashed into Catherine Palmer’s apartment last month.

“It was the scariest night of my life,” Palmer said.

Occurred around 1:00 am on October 24th

She remembers hearing the blast of a transformer just moments before a logging truck passed the building below her.

“I heard him hit the house, so I thought there was an earthquake.”

Katherine Palmer says her life has been tough since a logging truck crashed into her apartment. She was forced to move as much of what she owned was destroyed. (submitted by Catherine Palmer)

A single mother said she raced to make sure her 5-year-old was okay. I saw

The impact scattered siding and insulation throughout the yard and twisted the building’s frame.

“My neighbor was screaming in front of his house with two babies,” Palmer said. “They were locked in an apartment. I broke down their door because they couldn’t get out.”

View | A logging truck is pulled out of an apartment building after an epic crash.

Then and Now: Logging Truck Accident Site in NB

Last month, 12 residents were displaced after a logging truck crashed into an apartment complex on Route 8 in New Brunswick.

No one was killed that night, but since then, every day has been a struggle for the 12 people who once lived there.

Palmer says he lost almost everything he owned that night. When it got dark, she was able to go back inside and collect her clothes and find her son’s baby book. She also managed to find cats and they all moved to her parents’ house.

“The Red Cross showed up the next day,” said Palmer. “There was nothing they could do. The shipping company never contacted me.

Despite this, Palmer considers himself lucky to have found a new apartment nearby.

The back half of the shipping trailer protrudes from the side of the building.
No one was seriously injured in the clash, but many apartments were destroyed. (Shane Fowler/CBC)

Andrea Mann also feels lucky. Her living room was driven to her ceiling when that logging truck crashed into the building. It was her front door that Palmer had to kick down with her husband and two young children in Mann to free her.

She said the weeks after the crash were “every day.”

“It’s chaotic,” Mann said. “Chaotic, but OK… in a weird way, kinda. I honestly don’t even know how to describe it.”

A woman stares at the camera with a collapsed building behind her.
Andrea Munn says she just fell asleep when a transport truck crashed into the side of her building. She soon left home with her husband and her two young children. (Shane Fowler/CBC)

She and her family had to move in with her in-laws. She has tenant insurance, but she expects it will take a long time to sort out her bills and find her own place.

“We didn’t expect anything from the shipping company itself or the landlord’s insurance because they are responsible for the building,” Mann says.

It was difficult for him to explain to his eldest son that his house had been destroyed.

“He just… stopped asking me to come home because at this point he realized our old house wasn’t there and we were living with someone else,” Mann said. Said. “Most of the time, I think. [the children] doing really well. ”

A transport truck surrounded on all sides by wreckage
The entire front half of the shipping truck was pushed into the building, supporting the second floor. (Shane Fowler/CBC)

Most of the support they’ve received comes from local churches and Boyestown’s Lions club, Mann said.

Given New Brunswick’s recent rent increase, she worries about finding another place to stay. She anticipates that she will be living with her in-laws for at least a few months.

“We pray that God will do something soon,” Mann said.


Shelby Dorcas was watching TV in her first-floor apartment when the power went out a second before she “felt like the plane had crashed.” Photos of her splattered off the walls, she says, and she instinctively covered her face when a logging truck crashed into her living room and came within a few feet of her.

The truck did no damage to her apartment, but the power surge destroyed all the electronics she was watching, including the TV.

She was forced to leave the next day.

“It was hard,” Dorcas said. “It’s strange. I feel lucky to be alive, but at the same time it’s the worst thing I’ve ever had.”

Shelby Dorcas lost all her electronics due to a power surge that occurred when a truck crashed into her building. (Courtesy of Shelby Dorcas)

Dorcas said she was able to get some money from the Red Cross to buy food, and donations from churches and Lions clubs helped. She moved in with her mother for a while before finding her place to rent until her spring.

However, she fears having to compete for her new apartment.

“I feel like it’s going to happen again in May,” Dorcas said.

Insurance claim pending, according to truck owner

When contacted by CBC, one of the co-owners of the shipping company explained that the situation was an accident and that they were also struggling.

Susan Willis, co-owner of JA Willis Contracting, which owned the logging trucks, said: “It was an accident.”

Willis says the truck was wrecked and “literally falling apart”. I am in the process of filing an insurance claim.

She is surprised that the driver, an employee of her company, survived the crash.

“He was sitting in a very small space, a very small place,” Willis said.

Crew members stand by a building with bulging siding and broken glass.
The power crew will be on site on the day of the crash. The logging truck was just removed from the condominium last weekend. (Shane Fowler/CBC)

The logging truck was just removed from the condominium last weekend. It is still standing along National Route 8. Some have been demolished and the rest are boarded up.

“I called the driver the day the accident happened and just said I’m glad he’s okay,” Dorcas said.

“It’s a traumatic experience for everyone.”

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