BRISTOL - An armored van came only a few feet from hitting a house Wednesday afternoon when it was involved in a rollover accident.
According to emergency responders and witnesses, the van was heading east up a steep hill on Ingraham Street when it failed to make it all the way up the slope and started rolling backward. The van then went through the front yard of a nearby home - at the intersection of Ingraham and Hungerford Alley - before flipping onto its passenger side and settling a few feet away from a home on Hungerford.
After the accident, the van driver was helped out of the vehicle by multiple good Samaritans, who held the driver side door open while the middle-aged man crawled out. According to firefighters, the driver reported having no brakes while he was rolling backwards.
No injuries were reported.
Joe D’Amato, who lives nearby on Ingraham Street and had his yard damaged by the van, saw the whole thing.
“How come he’s going so fast?” D’Amato asked himself. “Then I realized he wasn’t going fast on his own. He must have lost his brakes or something.”
“Something was wrong.”
During the accident, the van took out a wooden fence that was in front of the home on Hungerford Alley. After settling down onto its side, the van leaked several gallons of diesel fuel onto the road and into a residential yard. The fire department assisted in the cleanup. The state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection also responded.
It took two tow trucks with winches to pull the armored van - operated under Texas-based Loomis, a cash distribution company - out from the front yard and flip it back onto its tires. The wreck was cleaned up by about 2:30 p.m.
Loomis has more than 200 locations throughout the country, including a location in Durham.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.