A trip to Whisler’s Burgers ended up with a trip to the body shop for body shop employee Aaron Kmick after his pickup slipped out of gear and rolled down a hill, slamming into a home.


Truck slams house

A trip to Whisler’s Burgers ended up with a trip to the body shop for body shop employee Aaron Kmick after his pickup slipped out of gear and rolled down a hill, slamming into a home.

“I had just hopped out of the truck and gone into Whisler’s,” Kmick said as he surveyed the damage to his small truck. “My fiancé came over from Joplin and came in the store and asked me ‘where’s your truck.’ I looked outside and it wasn’t there. Then I looked down the street and saw all the flashing lights, and thought oh no.”

The accident happened shortly before 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Vine and Maple streets.
No one was injured, but the truck and the home at 300 N. Maple St. were seriously damaged. No one was home when the truck slammed into the front door, knocking it in and damaging the structure around the door.

Roberto Mendoza, who lives across Maple Street from the home that was damaged, said he thought the driver of the truck may have had a stroke.

“Then I came over and looked inside and there was no one there,” Mendoza said. “It came down the hill; I thought it hit my car, and it barely missed the stop sign. It was probably doing 10 or 15 miles per hour when it hit the home.”

Mendoza said the truck missed his car. Kmick said he was glad no one was hurt.

“I hate it that it did this to this guy’s house,” Kmick said. “I hope it didn’t do too much damage.”