Runaway Garbage Truck Hits Store Named ‘A Beautiful Mess’

The Associated Press
By The Associated Press
October 24, 2017US News
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Runaway Garbage Truck Hits Store Named ‘A Beautiful Mess’
A runaway garbage truck crashed into a gift shop named "A Beautiful Mess" in Henrietta, New York on Oct. 22, 2017. (@ABeautifulMessShoppe/Facebook)

HENRIETTA, N.Y.—A runaway garbage truck has slammed into the front of a New York gift shop named “A Beautiful Mess,” causing extensive damage.

Owner Jeri Flack says she received a call from police on Monday, Oct. 23, informing her that a garbage truck rolled away from a gas station in Henrietta, traveled across the street, and crashed into Flack’s retail store.

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A runaway garbage truck crashed into a gift shop named “A Beautiful Mess” in Henrietta, New York on Oct. 23, 2017. (@ABeautifulMessShoppe/Facebook)

WHAM-TV reports that gas station workers say the truck driver parked there to use the bathroom and the truck had rolled away by the time he returned.

No one was injured, but the truck’s impact caused serious structural damage to the 200-year-old brick building.

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A runaway garbage truck crashed into a gift shop named “A Beautiful Mess” in Henrietta, New York on Oct. 23, 2017. (@ABeautifulMessShoppe/Facebook)

Due to structural damage in the front half of the building, Flack was forced to close the shop on Monday after only four months operation.

“They crashed into my dream,” Flack told WHAM-TV.

Flack says she doesn’t know if she’ll be able to reopen in time for the Christmas shopping season.

Flack is contacting the garbage removal company for compensation.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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