Semi truck driver charged in Clarkston dental office crash on Ortonville Road
CLARKSTON, Mich. – A semi truck driver was charged in connection with the a multi-vehicle crash where a gravel hauler barreled into a dental office in Clarkston.
The crash happened at about 1:15 p.m. at the intersection of Ortonville and Waldon roads.
Robert Eckola, 52, is charged with reckless driving.
According to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, the duel-tandem gravel hauler was northbound on Ortonville Road and crashed into two vehicles in the intersection and went into a building in downtown Clarkston, across from Clarkston Union Bar and Kitchen.
The drivers of the Chevy Trailblazer and Buick LeSabre were not injured in the crash.
Prior to the crash, 911 dispatch received calls about a semi traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of Ortonville Road.
The semi crashed into Clarkston Village Dental. Several employees were inside the building at the time of the crash. All occupants of the dental office were accounted for and were not injured.
The double-trailer truck barely missed another building before striking the side of the dental office. The truck's cab and front of its lead trailer were embedded in the dental office wall.
Authorities said Eckola was trapped and there were concerns of a gas leak in the area. Eckola was extricated from the crash by firefighters and taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Ortonville Road was closed for several hours between Waldon Road and Washington Street.
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