Truck crashes through West Ashley storefront

Dave Munday/staff This pickup truck crashed through the front of the EcoView Windows store beside Hokus Pokus on St. Andrews Boulevard about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Buy this photo

Customers at the popular Hokus Pokus costume shop in West Ashley were browsing selections Tuesday afternoon when they suddenly heard a loud boom and the building shake.

“Everybody freaked,” said Estevan Millard, 20, who lives nearby and was in the store about 4:30 p.m. “The owners thought a bomb had gone off.”

He and Samantha Goss, 22, went outside and saw a white pickup truck sticking out of the front of the EcoView Windows store next door. A car and two SUVS were scattered nearby. At least two of them had serious damage to the front end. The truck had a dented tailgate.

Nobody appeared to be hurt seriously, although the truck driver was taken away in a neck brace, Millard said.

Diane Shiver, who owns a thrift shop behind the store, helped get three dogs out of the truck. They appeared to be fine, she said.

Her husband, Russell Shiver, owns the store that was hit. He had just closed the store a few minutes before the truck went through the front double doors and a front window.

“Oh, yes, we can fix the window,” he said. “I just hope the front of the building doesn’t fall down.”

The truck remained stuck in the front of the store as darkness fell. Firefighters and Charleston County deputies were working the scene as traffic heading toward Charleston crawled by.

No other information on the accident was immediately available.

Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553.

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