Billerica store evacuated after truck crashes into entrance

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BILLERICA, Mass. -- Investigators still haven’t determined what caused a 68-year-old driver to crash through the front of a Bob’s store in Billerica.

It happened on Tuesday just before 4 p.m.

Fire officials said the truck crashed at a fire angle through the store’s front doors. According to Billerica Deputy Fire Chief Thomas Ferraro, the aluminum frame acted as a shield, preventing the truck continuing into the store. 

When investigators arrived, the driver of the truck was still in the vehicle and the wheels were spinning.

“Wow. It’s lucky, it’s definitely lucky. Christmas miracle people weren’t walking out or in when the vehicle hit,”  Ferraro said.

Authorities aren’t sure exactly how many people were inside the store when it happened because many of them scattered out a side door.

“It’s scary imagine walking into the store and have a truck follow behind you,” local resident Pete Capodilupo said.

The driver, who’s from Woburn, was removed from the truck by Billerica firefighters. He was treated by paramedics. 

Police said the man later returned to his family and did not need to be taken to the hospital.

Police tell Boston 25 News the crash does not appear to be a medical- or alcohol-related crash. At this time, criminal charges are not expected.

The Bob’s store remained closed through Tuesday night. It’s expected to reopen Wednesday morning.

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