Car crashes into Buckley museum

In the quiet town of Buckley, an alleged drunk driver crashed into the Foothills Museum on June 18.

  • Tuesday, July 5, 2016 12:23pm
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The aftermath of the car after it plowed into the Foothills Museum. Courtesy photo.

The aftermath of the car after it plowed into the Foothills Museum. Courtesy photo.

In the quiet town of Buckley, an alleged drunk driver crashed into the Foothills Museum on June 18.

Witnesses told police the male driver was heading full speed on state Route 165 and ran through multiple stop signs with no signs of slowing down.

The suspect lost control around the 100 block of North River Avenue before hitting the museum.

Firefighters arrived at the scene and the suspect was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center.

The Buckley Police Department is currently investigating the incident as a driving under the influence collision.

The crash caused about $75,000-$100,00 in damages, according to the museum, and the car was totaled.

The museum’s insurance will cover the damage to the building but will not cover any of the artifacts damaged.

According to Jean Contreras, secretary of the museum, the car damaged a grand piano, Victrola, a case of memorabilia from the Buckley White River Schools, a doll collection and a case of glass items. No staff members have been able to get a good look inside the building due to safety hazards.

“Until we can get back and check things out, we can’t tell the full extent of how much is damaged,” she said.

The museum has started a GoFundMe page at www.gofundme.com/FoothillsMuseum to raise money to fix some of what was damaged. At press deadline, $2,605 had been raised out of the $35,000 goal.

The name of the man is not being reported because the Courier-Herald has not received charging papers.


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