Runaway tractor-trailer crashes into gas station [Video]

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AKRON, Ohio — A terrifying and potentially-destructive tractor-trailer crash was captured on surveillance video by multiple cameras positioned at a Marathon gas station in Akron, Ohio.  

The truck's brakes failed when it was seen racing down an I-77 South exit ramp while attempting to turn left onto Waterloo Road on Thursday afternoon.

Elvis Reyes Barceló, 35, of Houston, Tex., told police his load shifted as he tried to make a left turn, and the moving cargo caused the rig to roll onto its side. It can be seen on video sliding toward the gas station's pumps before it's stopped by a light pole.

Day manager Mary Lewis told Fox 8 News she didn’t know how to react when she heard the thunderous sound of the truck overturning in front of her store. Lewis can be seen on surveillance video running to hit a shut-off valve that prevents gas pumps from exploding.  Rahif Faris, her counterpart who works the night shift, had the same instinct and ran for a shut-off valve closer to where he was standing.

“We heard, like, a big noise,” Faris said. “Almost felt like the roof came down.”

A passenger in a minivan parked at a nearby pump can be seen exiting her vehicle and running toward the truck. Sara Brown is seen on video tearing the shattered passenger window from the overturned truck.  A few seconds later, she helps the 37-year-old passenger, Dammars Domingus, of Houston, to climb out of the cab. The driver escaped on his own a few moments later.

Faris and Lewis credited the driver’s skill with preventing disaster; at the same time, they wondered out loud whether divine intervention might have played a role as they watched the videotaped semi maneuver between two parked cars before rolling onto its side.

No one was seriously hurt. An SUV parked at the light was damaged but its driver was OK.

“So, I think he did good job,” said Faris, “He avoid couple of cars, and nobody got hurt.”
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This article was written by Lorrie Taylor and originally published by our news-gathering partners at WJW-TV.