Business destroyed after truck slams into Gaines Twp. building

Kent County

GAINES TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities in Kent County are investigating after a truck crashed into a building late Wednesday.

It happened shortly before midnight Wednesday at MKW Associates Inc. and DAN’S Barber Shop located in the Creekside Office Plaza on Division Avenue near Inca Drive in Gaines Township.

The building suffered heavy damage and at least one of the businesses impacted, DAN’S Barber Shop, was destroyed.

“It’s only been a few hours since this happened so I hope to start someplace else. We’re talking in the process of talking to a couple of places that are partially empty and maybe I can relocate in there till they get this built, redone,” owner of the building and his own business Dan Buist said. “I’m going to be opened up sometime. Don’t know when. Probably be a couple of weeks. Hopefully, I can find a place but we’ll see. Time will tell.”

He will have to do it without his barber’s chair, among other things laying in the rubble that he has acquired in the 42 years he has been in business along Division Avenue.

“All kinds of supplies. All kinds of tools and things I’ve had for a long time. So, it’ll take time to get that stuff back,” Buist said. “You look at that crash and just say woohoo, you know? I can’t believe it. But, yes, nobodies hurt that’s praise the Lord, that’s fantastic.”

Dispatchers tell News 8 the driver suffered minor injuries in the crash.

The Kent County Sheriff’s Department and Gaines Township Fire Department responded to the scene however authorities have not said what led up to the crash.

The truck itself remained sandwiched between the building as of 12 p.m. Thursday. Deputies said it’ll remain that way until structural engineers with the township arrive to assess the integrity of the building.

Buist says he will let his loyal customers know when and where he moves his business to as soon as he can.

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