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2 children, 3 others injured after semi crashes through hardware store


Five people were injured after a semi truck crashed through the side of a hardware store in Florida over the weekend. 

The accident happened on Friday evening, January 14th in Jacksonville, Florida’s Westside. 

According to First Coast News, the semi truck smashed into the Ace Hardware on Cahoon Road and West Beaver Street. The exact reason behind the wreck is still not known, but at least four other vehicles were involved in the wreck. 

As soon as nearby neighbor Nick McDonald realized what was going on, he rushed inside the now-dilapidated store to help. 

“There wasn’t much going through my head. I was like I need to get in there, I need to make sure these people are okay,” said Mcdonald. 

McDonald says that one of the men injured in the crash could be heard yelling for help from beneath the debris, and that’s where he started his rescue efforts.  

“He started yelling for help. And I could barely hear him and I moved a bunch of debris and I found him, I could only see his head so I started clearing debris out, I put a shirt behind his head and I was just like we need paramedics here fast,” McDonald said.

“All the paramedics lined up and got debris out the way, and just made a walk way for them to get the guys out of there,” McDonald said. 

A total of five people were injured in the incident, including two children. Three of those people sustained serious injuries. Details regarding the extent of their injuries have not been released, but two of the people injured have been identified as Dennis and Keith Bennett, co-owners of the store. 

As of Monday, January 17th, the semi truck was still inside of the building and is expected to be removed on Thursday.


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