Store stops runaway truck

KOLOA — A southbound truck on Maluhia Road went through the stop sign at the Koloa Road junction and crashed into the Sueoka Store just after 7 a.m. yesterday.

Six people were taken to Wilcox Memorial Hospital, including the driver of the truck, according to a county spokesperson. No one was seriously injured.

“We heard this big boom and we looked and the truck was partially in the store,” said a store manager, who asked not to be identified.

The manager estimated that “about a dozen” people were inside the store at the time of the crash, including staff and patrons.

Three customers and one employee were injured and taken via ambulance to the hospital. The employee was quickly released after being checked for a head injury and will remain in contact with doctors over the next 24 hours, according to the manager.

A 3-foot-high rock wall prevented the burgundy-colored truck from continuing farther into the store, according to the manager, but two front picture windows were damaged.

“The truck was all smashed up in front,” the manager said.

The family-owned grocery store was already undergoing repairs within hours of the crash and hoped to re-open for business today.

Police are continuing their investigation of the crash.

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