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Truck strikes man in his garage; Driver loses control; damage is extensive

A Northway Drive resident suffered minor injuries when a driver lost control of a box-style truck and drove through a garage Wednesday afternoon.

The garage of Ronald Logan, 77, was extensively damaged and knocked off its foundation, according to Niagara County sheriff's deputies.

The truck driver, Glenn Sanger, 82, of Youngstown, lost control at 3:30 p.m. in front 3207 Northway Drive. He drove into the garage, hit a parked car in the garage and then struck Logan, who was in the garage. The truck continued forward into the rear wall of the garage, knocking the structure off its foundation, deputies reported.

Logan suffered minor right leg injuries and was taken to DeGraff Memorial Hospital by Tri-Community Ambulance. Sanborn firefighters assisted at the scene.

Sanger, the owner of Sanger Farms and Bakery in Youngstown, had been backing the large box truck out of the Northway Drive address, when the engine began to idle at high speed, according to sheriff's deputies. Sanger attempted to put the truck into a low forward gear in an attempt to slow down the idle, but ended up lurching forward into the garage.

There was no immediate damage estimate, and the accident remains under investigation, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff's Chief Deputy Steven Preisch said no charges were filed.

Town of Cambria Building Inspector Clifford E. Burch called the garage a "total loss" but said the house did not appear to compromised by the crash.

"It looks like the garage will have to be rebuilt, and they will have to start over," Burch said. "The east wall was pushed back eight or nine inches off the foundation, and in the back, the corner of the wall was pushed completely off the foundation."

Burch said Sanger had been carrying bushels of apples in the truck.

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