Garbage truck hits restaurant in downtown Champaign

UPDATED 5:45 p.m. Wednesday

CHAMPAIGN — Nobody was reported hurt when a garbage truck hit a building Wednesday afternoon in downtown Champaign.

According to Champaign Fire Department Fire Marshal John Koller, a garbage truck was headed north on Randolph Street at about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday when the truck malfunctioned.

When the engine blew and the truck began to smoke, the driver got out of the truck — without setting the parking brakes.

The truck rolled backward and struck the side of the Nitaya Thai restaurant, 134 W. Church St.

While some of the building's bricks were damaged, Koller said there is no danger that the building might collapse. He said it was too early to have an estimate on the dollar damage to the building.

The name of the driver of the truck was not available.

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