Truck slams into Canton city hall; driver dead

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Associated Press

Posted on November 6, 2012 at 7:52 PM

CANTON, Texas (AP) — A traffic collision sent a tractor-trailer rig careening into an East Texas city hall and erupting in flames, killing the driver.

Police dispatcher Stacy Hitmer said the crash happened about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday when the 18-wheeler collided with a sport utility vehicle and careened into Canton's municipal office complex.

Fire Chief Bud Sanford said firefighters took about 45 minutes to extinguish the flames. He said no one was in the wing of the building most affected and no one else was injured.

Sanford said it was unclear whether the driver died in the crash or the ensuing fire.

Canton is 55 miles southeast of Dallas.

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