Truck crashes into Gainesville apartment complex

Published: Aug. 19, 2019 at 5:41 PM CDT
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Two teenagers are injured and two families have to move after a truck crashed into a Gainesville apartment complex Sunday night.

"It like shook the whole building, it was crazy. It was like a bomb," said Alexis Garcia, who was inside his apartment when it happened.

That's how Garcia describes the moment a truck ran into the Broadway Manor Apartments after 9 p.m. Sunday.

His two younger siblings and his dad were getting ready for bed when they heard a screeching sound.

"I didn't care about anything else. I just wanted to go see if my brother and sister were okay," Garcia said.

He said his dad was lying on the couch that was near their window and moved just moments before it shattered.

But they're on the second floor, Garcia said a family with children lives underneath.

"All you could hear is a loud bang and you could hear the kids downstairs screaming. Everybody was like panicking and like dust just filled the apartments," Garcia said.

Now both families have to move, but none of them were seriously hurt.

Gainesville Police say a 17-year-old girl veered off the road on East Broadway Street near East California Street.

Neighbors said the truck flipped across the yard until crashing into the complex.

Jamie Gawne lives across the hall and saw the aftermath when she got home, so she called 911.

"Kind of went to panic myself because I've never been in a situation like this," Gawne said.

Police said the driver was flown to a Denton hospital and a 16-year-old boy passenger was taken to a local one.

They said a 9-year-old inside the first floor apartment had minor scrapes.

The two families stayed in a hotel Sunday, and the complex said they can live in a different building.

As for Gawne, she plans to move.

"My one fear that I had since I lived here came true last night. And I'm just blessed that it was not my house," Gawne said.

Gainesville Police continue to investigate the cause of the crash, but suspect speeding may be a factor.

So far, no arrests have been made and no one has been ticketed.