Trucker mows down Killdeer diesel pumps
A Killdeer convenience store is again selling diesel fuel after a trucker's semi took out its diesel pumps and damaged a pickup Saturday morning.
"It was the craziest thing I've ever seen ... by far," said Heather Kall, who was working at Grab N Go and watched it happen.
Nobody was injured, authorities said.
Kent Wallace, 51, of Kuna, Idaho, was arrested for reckless driving, driving under the influence and a registration issue, said Dunn County Sheriff Don Rockvoy.
He said Wallace had not been consuming alcohol, but is believed to have been under the influence of drugs.
"He had a lot of prescription meds that were his meds prescribed to him," Rockvoy said. "If you take them in excess, and I don't know if that's what happened ... it's probably going to have a reaction."
He added authorities are awaiting lab results to determine whether drugs contributed to the incident.
"Without sitting in the seat next to him, you don't know what's going through his mind, but he apparently had some distraction issues," Rockvoy said.
North Dakota Highway Patrol Sgt. Dan Haugen said there was nothing wrong with Wallace's truck.
"It was driver error," he said.
Rockvoy said Wallace entered the parking lot at an angle from the east.
"There was a pickup facing westbound on the north side of diesel pumps that was in the process of fueling," Rockvoy said. "As he went over the pumps, the back of his trailer grabbed the left front of the pickup grill guard. That's where the damage was sustained."
The man who was fueling was able to get out of the way, he added. The pickup had $7,000 to $8,000 in damages, Rockvoy estimated.
A small amount of diesel fuel spilled, he said.
The store goes through about 10,000 gallons of diesel per day and it lost its biggest customer base from Saturday to Tuesday, he said.
"It affects everything," said Mark Benz, Grab N Go owner.
The station installed new pumps, worth about $50,000, Tuesday, he added.
"It's just another day in the circus," Benz said.