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SHERRY LONG
The Ellis County Press
FERRIS - D&W Towing and Recovery's Ferris offices were destroyed on the afternoon of Thursday, Aug. 24 after an 18-wheeler gravel hauler crashed through their building less than three months after the site was opened.

A truck driver for Rodman companies lost control of his truck while traveling west on Farm to Market Road 664 toward Red Oak taking out a large cedar bush, a pickup truck, D&W's office and damaging part of a travel trailer.

The gravel truck driver, whose name was unknown as of press time, was transported to the Baylor Hospital in Waxahachie.

It is not known what caused the driver to lose control of his vehicle.

D&W Towing and Recovery employee Lanny Dyer was inside his travel trailer cooking beans for lunch when he thought he heard a plane flying low overhead.

Looking outside, he instead saw a big rig barreling straight toward him through the nearby cedar bushes.

'I thought an airplane was coming down,' Dyer said.

'I didn't even get the door open good and he took off the door.'

The force of the impact knocked Dyer back into his trailer, which he believed saved his life.

He said he was just days away from selling his 1997 Ford F150 when it was destroyed in the accident.

Representatives from Rodman Companies did not return calls for comment.

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