A Rhode Island truck driver has been charged with operating under the influence in a crash that left a box truck dangling over a wall at a Massachusetts gas station Tuesday, authorities said.
The crash at Daley Service Center in Norfolk left the front of the truck hanging off a retaining wall, about five or six feet from the ground. The truck had hit a gas pump, two vehicles and a lift before smashing through a fence and coming to a stop as it dangled over a wall, according to Norfolk Police Chief Timothy Heinz.
The driver, Keith Johnson of East Greenwich, Rhode Island, was arrested on charges of drunken driving, not wearing a seatbelt, a marked lanes violation and negligent operation, police said.
The 54-year-old was arraigned in Wrentham District Court Wednesday and released, police said. It wasn't immediately clear if Johnson had an attorney who could speak to his arrest.
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Firefighters had to use a ladder to rescue the driver. Norfolk Fire Chief Erron Kinney told NBC10 Boston that safety mechanisms in place at the gas station worked well, preventing any significant oil spill or a potentially deadly explosion.
"This could have been a huge tragedy," said Kinney. "We just have some damaged cars and a fence has to be replaced. Thank goodness it wasn't worse."