Ace Hardware building condemned after semi plows through it

Crashed semitruck remains in place days after barreling into Westside Ace Hardware

Photo taken Monday shows portion of semitruck that remains after crashing into side of Ace Hardware. (News4JAX.com)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Days after a sand truck barreled into the side of the Bennett Ace Hardware, that building is now condemned.

The crashed semitruck still remains in the building behind makeshift wooden barriers, which were put in place hours after the wreck that sent five people to the hospital

It might be hard to see, but a portion of the semi’s rear-end could be seen just over the barriers.

It’s unclear when the truck will finally be removed, but notably, “no trespassing signs” have been added outside the building on West Beaver Street. There’s also a red sign that reads “condemned.”

Hours after the Friday crash, District Chief Terri Norton told News4JAX the building was believed to be a total loss.

The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department said five people were hospitalized, and Norton said that number included two people of the family that owns the Ace Hardware store.

"Condemned" sign placed on wall outside Ace Hardware. (News4JAX.com)

A witness told News4JAX he saw the semi traveling east on West Beaver Street when it collided with a car that was turning onto Cahoon Road.

People in the area reported hearing a loud boom and smelling smoke coming off the tires.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.


About the Authors:

Ashley Harding joined the Channel 4 news team in March 2013 and reports every weekday for The Morning Show.