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Steel coil drops on parked cars

Chuck Biedka
| Tuesday, March 1, 2005

WINFIELD TOWNSHIP -- State police said a tractor-trailer load shifted along Winfield Road and a heavy roll of steel rolled off and struck vehicles at a car repair shop Sunday night.

No one was injured, but the shop's spokeswoman wonders what would have happened if the 30,000-pound roll would have hit during the work day.

"The trucks come down here very fast," said BCP Automotive spokeswoman Penny Rich. "If it would have hit during the day, someone easily could have been killed," she said. She said her fiance, Bob Peiffer, has owned the shop about eight years.

State police said David S. Walls, 35, of Wampum, was driving the rig westbound on Winfield Road just after 10 p.m.

Police said the rig entered a curve, just past the elementary school, at a "speed greater than reasonable," which caused a large coil of steel to roll off and hit five vehicles in the parking lot of BCP Automotive.

"We were at the movies when we got calls," Rich said.

Firefighters tried to keep diesel fuel from entering an unnamed tributary that flows into Little Buffalo Creek,

Police said Walls was wearing a seat belt.

Police didn't give a damage estimate or say if charges have been filed. A corporal said the matter is under investigation.

Rich said the truck was operated for a local trucking company and she said the company cleaned up most of the mess Monday.

She said insurance adjusters were working at the shop Monday afternoon to gauge the damage.

Rich wasn't told where the steel was being shipped or where the load originated.

Rich and Peiffer owned some of the cars belonged to customers, she said.

State environmental officials couldn't be immediately reached.

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