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Pickup truck towing excavator loses brakes, crashes into tire shop in Sussex County

SPARTA TOWNSHIP, NJ (Sussex County) – A pickup truck driver towing an excavator on a flatbed lost his brakes Tuesday night and crashed into two cars and a tire store in Sparta Township, according to Sparta police Lt. John Lamon.

On August 23, at around 9:00 p.m., a black pickup truck, towing an excavator on a flatbed, was travelling down Glen Road toward Main Street, Lamon said.

The driver, Luciano Viera Dos Santos, 28, of North Arlington, told police that his brakes failed and he crossed Main Street striking two parked vehicles. The flatbed then flipped and struck the façade of Mavis Tire and the excavator flipped over in the parking lot, Lamon said.

The Sparta Building Department responded to check the damage to the building, Lamon said.

The vehicle and equipment involved in the accident were towed and impounded, Lamon said.

No injuries were reported, Lamon said.

Sparta Traffic Bureau is investigating the crash before any summonses are issued, Lamon said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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