Dump truck crashes into Quality Inn on 400 North

A dump truck smashed into the Quality Inn on 400 North Main Friday afternoon. According to eyewitness accounts, the driver went through several stop lights as the truck was headed west on Highway 89. It appears the brakes went out on the truck coming out of the canyon. The driver, identified as Marcie L. Pentz, was able to narrowly miss vehicles, pedestrians and fuel pump stations at the 7-11 and Phillips 66 convenience stores. Building inspectors were called on scene to determine if the hotel was still structurally sound. Eyewitnesses are calling the driver a hero for her actions to avoid other vehicles and alert people to get out of her way. They say she blared her horn and attempted to avoid a busy intersection. The truck drove through the Phillips 66 parking lot before crossing Main Street and went through the 7-11 parking lot before smashing into the hotel. The driver was extricated from the vehicle and transported to Logan Regional Hospital. There is no word on her condition or any other injuries from the accident.

<strong>OFFICIAL RELEASE FROM LOGAN CITY POLICE</strong>

<em>At approximately 2:00 PM on November 11, 2011 Logan Police officers were dispatched to 400 North Main Street on a reported traffic accident where a loaded dump truck had crashed into the east wall of the Quality Inn. The driver of the dump truck (40 year old female from Morgan, Utah) was trapped inside the truck but was conscious and alert following the accident. It was reported that the dump truck owned by Wardle Construction, was westbound on 400 north having just come from a construction site up Logan Canyon loaded with boulders and dirt. As the truck was approaching Main Street the driver became aware that there was a problem and began blasting the air horn on the truck. She took evasive action to avoid the vehicles stopped for the red light at Main Street by swerving off the road into the Phillips 66 gas station drive up window area. She was able to miss the gas pumps and steered the truck between a tree and fire hydrant as she went out onto Main Street. The driver was able to avoid colliding with any vehicles traveling north and southbound on Main Street and then entered the Main Street driveway of the 7-11 gas station. The driver swerved narrowly missing a compact car that was backing away from the 7-11 building and then collided into the side of the Quality Inn building. The dump truck did not penetrate into any of the guest rooms and there were no injuries sustained by any patrons staying at Quality Inn. The driver of the truck was transported to Logan Regional Hospital for medical attention. The Utah Highway Patrol Truck Inspection Trooper responded to the scene of the accident to inspect truck and will follow up with a report sometime Monday or Tuesday. No citations have been issued at this time and will be pending until completion of the investigation.</em>

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