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$60,000 DAMAGE ESTIMATED AS ESCALANTE TRUCK GOES WILD

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An Escalante man was only slightly injured recently when his truck went on a wild rampage on Escalante's Main Street. But property damage was estimated at $60,000.

Vernon Spencer, 68, is believed to have suffered a seizure before his foot pressed the accelerator and he lost control of his vehicle. Investigating officers said they think he was unconscious while the truck traveled more than 500 feet, damaging other vehicles and a business.It struck a curb in front of Brian Farm Service, blew a tire and continued to travel on the sidewalk in front of the Golden Loop Cafe and Griffins Merc. It took out a pedestrian sign and then swerved across the street.

People who may otherwise have been injured were alerted when they heard the tire blowouts, officers said.

Don Waze of Escalante was changing a tire, and Crystal Bowman of Tropic was filling her automobile with gasoline at the H & S Station.

Officers reported Spencer's truck struck the Bowman car and a vehicle owned by Alan Shelley of Escalante, forcing one car into a soda machine. The sudden stop hurled posts and wire from the truck bed through the service station's plate-glass window.

Some people inside the building received minor injuries from the glass. They were treated by a nurse and medical technicians and released.