A vehicle came crashing into a Vineville Avenue business for the second time in about a year.
Just after 8 a.m. Monday, Aaron Maines was getting an examination room ready when a pickup smashed through the window of Hyde Prosthetics and Orthotics in the 3700 block of the busy thoroughfare.
Maines was about 15 feet away when the Ford F-250’s grill came a few feet into the room.
“Just looking to getting it repaired and getting back to work,” Maines said after seeing patients in another section of the office.
Ronnie Bush of Lizella, the driver of the truck, was taken to the hospital but did not appear to be seriously injured.
Witnesses said he was headed east, toward town, and was trying to avoid a head-on collision with oncoming traffic when he swerved, went off the road and hit the building.
The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office reported that Bush was in the center, reversible lane, as Sharmila Dey, of Forsyth, was driving in the right, eastbound lane in a 2016 Porche Cayenne.
Dey turned left into 3175 Vineville Ave., in front of Bush, who traveled across the westbound lane, and over a grass lawn before hitting the building.
Ted Hyde, of Hyde Prosthetics, said traffic engineers need to revisit the design of Vineville Avenue, with its reversible center lane that changes direction depending on traffic flow.
“That’s the biggest thing I worry about. When’s it going to happen again, because this is twice. We’ve been hit before in the building,” Hyde said. “Thank God no one was hurt.”
After an initial inspection, Hyde seemed to think the structural integrity of the building was not compromised.
“He didn’t hit anything structural, just the window frame and God was looking over everything,” he said.