Truck Crashes into Harrisburg Public Works Building

HARRISBURG, Ore. – Major repairs are needed to the Harrisburg Public Works building after a semi-truck crashed into the facility early Thursday morning.Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley said at about 1 a.m. a truck and trailer loaded with steel truck was crossing the bridge over the Willamette River into Harrisburg Highway 99 East when the right rear axles of the trailer struck the bridge.The truck and trailer went off the road, crashed through a chain link fence and struck the side of the Harrisburg Public Works building.
The driver, Sergio Villa Garcia, 50, of Springfield, told deputies he picked up his load in Eugene and was on his way to Portland.Garcia says he felt the trailer pull hard to the right as he was driving over the bridge, causing him to lose control.
Garcia was taken to McKenzie-Willamette Hospital in Springfield where he was treated for minor injuries.Nobody was inside the Public Works building at the time of the crash.The building sustained significant damage to the north and west walls.
Investigators said it appears operator error may be the cause of the crash. Speed, alcohol, or drugs do not appear to be factors in this crash.

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