Truck Hits Building After Slipping Out Of Park, Driver Says

Truck Hits Building After Slipping Out Of Park, Driver Says

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A hole was left in the wall of the Knowlton Technologies building on Mill Street in Watertown after a Dodge pickup truck hit it Friday morning.

The crash happened around 9 a.m.

The driver, David Snyder Jr., said he put the truck in park while it was running and went into Standard Auto Parts.

He said the vehicle slipped out of park, rolled across the street, and hit the building.

Snyder said that after his truck crashed into the building, one of the store's employees searched online and found a recall for his truck.

"We were just Googling it and we found that there was a recall on these that it can shift out of park," he said.

In December of 2017 Dodge parent company Fiat-Chrysler issued a recall for 1.8 million trucks.

The recall statement says problems with the gear shifter could allow it to be moved out of park even if the brake is not depressed. All modern vehicles require you to put your foot on the break before shifting the car into drive or reverse.

However, the recall does not specifically say that the problem could allow an unattended vehicle to shift into gear on its own.

A Knowlton spokesperson said there's no major structural damage to the building and the company will work with Snyder's insurance company to make repairs.

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