Semi-Truck Crashes Into Convenience Store in Midland, Witness Recalls Accident

Semi-Truck Crashes Into Convenience Store in Midland, Witness Recalls Accident

by Justin Kree
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND – A crash early Saturday morning off of Highway 158 near FM 1213, left one business in disrepair after a semi-truck crashed into a convenience store. Incredibly, no one was killed in the accident.

"We have one injured. He did go to the hospital on Saturday morning. He only has minor injuries," Elena Viramontes with the Texas Department of Public Safety, said.

Authorities tell NewsWest 9 that a pickup truck ran a stop sign in front of the semi-trailer. The semi tried to avoid the impact with the pickup but it was too late.

"I was traveling behind the truck that went through the store. I witnessed the whole event take place. Once the pickup truck pulled out there, I thought there is no way that guy is going to make it. About that time, you could hear it, you could see it. It was just a huge crash," Witness, Tony Davis, said.

The semi lost control, driving through a grassy area, hitting a tree. The semi came within a few feet of the gas pumps. The semi hit a few cars before crashing through the Texaco building.

"Obviously, you can see where it wound up in the store. It was amazing. It was unbelievable," Davis said.

The pickup truck driver, 33-year-old Brian Brock, was the only person taken to the hospital. He was also ticketed for causing the accident.

"The investigation does show that he failed to stop at the stop sign so he will be cited for that. The Semi-trailer truck driver, he didn't do anything. He tried veering off and did everything he could to avoid causing a worse outcome than what happened now," Viramontes said.

After witnessing the accident and realizing no one died, Davis was simply amazed.

"God put his hand on this place this morning. About 7:40 this (Saturday) morning, he was looking out for everyone," Davis said.

DPS Troopers tell NewsWest 9, the Texaco convenience store will be closed until it can be remodeled.