Driver charged after rig hits Winchester Towers, splits open

Posted: July 9, 2014

The Winchester Star

Winchester police direct traffic at the intersection of Piccadilly and Cameron streets Tuesday afternoon after a tractor-tailer struck the corner of the Winchester Towers building, causing the rig to split open.
City police officers walk past the tractor-trailer. The damaged rig blocked traffic on both Piccadilly and Cameron streets. Piccadilly from Kent Street to Cameron, and Cameron from Piccadilly to Fairfax Lane, were shut down for several hours while the truck was being removed.
A tractor-trailer carrying Kool-Aid struck an overhang at Winchester Towers at 200 N. Cameron St. on Tuesday. The driver was charged with reckless driving, according to authorities.

WINCHESTER — City police spent the better part of Tuesday diverting traffic after a tractor-trailer struck a downtown building and split open.

Edward Grandy, 27, of Arkansas, was traveling west on Piccadilly Street just before 3:30 p.m. and attempted to turn north on Cameron Street.

When he did, his tractor-trailer struck an overhang at Winchester Towers, 200 N. Cameron St., according to Winchester Police Department Sgt. Frank Myrtle.

Part of the trailer was torn apart, blocking traffic on both Piccadilly and Cameron.

The truck was hauling Kool-Aid, Myrtle said. No injuries were reported.

Several people stopped to stare at the tractor-trailer, pulling out their camera phones to document the incident.

Myrtle said Piccadilly from Kent Street to Cameron, and Cameron from Piccadilly to Fairax Lane, were shut down for several hours while the truck was being removed.

Grandy was charged with reckless driving, he added.

It is unclear how much damage the tractor-trailer sustained in the crash. Winchester Towers did not appear to be seriously damaged.

— Contact Melissa Boughton at mboughton@winchesterstar.com