Building destroyed when garbage truck slams into El Reno bail bonds business

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EL RENO, Okla. - A trash truck went flying into a local bail bonds building. It happened early Wednesday morning in El Reno.

The owner said, thankfully, no one was inside the building.

"It sounded like a bomb going off," said Chris Smith, who working across the street.

Smith said he witnessed the truck going into the business on Highway 81 and Foreman.

"I saw the trash truck jump the curb and into Connie Holt's building," he said.

It was just after 6 in the morning. Witnesses said a Chevy pickup truck blew through a stop sign.

"From what I understood, there was a truck that ran a stop sign, and hit a trash truck, and caused him to veer off to right and unfortunately it drove right through our building," said Bob Ballhorn, co-owner of Connie Holt bail bonds.

The impact of the collision between the trucks sent the trash truck right into the building.

"I started out the morning waking up at 5 o'clock. I was going to come here to get ready to do a bond and, for one reason or another, I told myself to go back to bed. Luckily missed it by 30 minutes, or I would be sitting in that pile of rubbish," Ballhorn said.

The building was demolished just hours after the crash. Ballhorn said he got call from the mayor saying there was an accident at the business.

"It was in the building. There wasn't any room for anything else really besides it; luckily and thank God, no body was hit or hurt," Ballhorn said.

The owners are now picking up the pieces of what's left of seven years of hard work and figuring out what to do next.

"We'll start over just like anybody else would do," Ballhorn said.

In the meantime, they will look for a temporary space to conduct business.

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