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Forgotten parking brake sends dump truck plowing through 40 year old comedy club


A comedy club in Nashville was left with a gaping hole Tuesday afternoon after a driverless dump truck rolled down the street and through a brick wall. 

The incident occurred on December 22nd at Zanies Comedy Club in Nashville, Tennessee. 

According to News Channel 5 Nashville, The dump truck was parked at a construction site down the street, where the driver apparently forgot to set the parking brake. The truck then rolled down the street and straight into the building, smashing through a large mural wall. Luckily, no one was injured in the accident. 

As of 5 p.m. on Tuesday evening, the owners were having the building inspected for structural damage, and are hoping to have the brick wall repaired and the comedy club back up and running by the weekend, barring any serious structural compromise. 

Comedian Nate Bargatze, whose face was smashed in the mural damaged in the incident, had this to say: “This is the new way for Zanies to fit the COVID standards is to have outside seating, so I think they got it now. I think they could have just opened the door. I honestly thought my face was the safest of being hit… you have these barriers it’s like there’s no way I’ll ever be hit.”

“It’s been an amazingly hard year for everybody, and when times are good people like to laugh, and when times are bad people really need to laugh, and right now we’re not going to be able to give the laughter for a little bit,” said Andrew Dorfman, one of the owners at Zanies. 


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