Semi driver cuts through YMCA, does landscape damage

  The hunt is on for a certain semi truck.   The truck in question drove through the circle drive of the Switzerland County YMCA early on Friday morning, March 9th, causing landscape damage, including a knocked down tree.

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  The hunt is on for a certain semi truck.

  The truck in question drove through the circle drive of the Switzerland County YMCA early on Friday morning, March 9th, causing landscape damage, including a knocked down tree.

  Switzerland County YMCA director Eric Cole said that the incident happened at approximately 6:10 a.m. that morning. Law enforcement officials are analyzing surveillance video taken from in front of the YMCA in an attempt to locate the truck and the driver.

  “He’s not the first driver who’s ever come through and did what he did, but he’s the first one to come through and not stopped or left information about, ‘Hey, sorry I did this’,” Cole said. “It broke a tree off, and we’ve never had that happen before. There is a sign at the end of our driveway that actually says, ‘No Commercial Trucks Allowed’.”

  Cole said that it would be nice if another sign was erected that said “No Access” or something similar, alerting drivers to go down around behind the YMCA to turn around.

  The YMCA is open 24 hours a day, so the facility was open at the time the truck came through, but fortunately there were no patrons walking in or out of the facility.

  “It just happened to be at a time when no one was going in or out,” Cole said. “Someone had pulled out about 10 minutes before he came through, and the next person came in about 10 minutes after it happened. He just happened to be right in that gap. If it would have happened a little later, someone could have been seriously hurt. Easily he could have hit somebody.”

  “I’m sure it was a missed (Highway) 129, and they just used us as their turn around,” Cole continued. “Watching the video I can usually see out on the road and which way they turn. He turned back in towards Vevay, so I really don’t know what the heck this guy was doing.”

  Cole said that over the weekend someone told him that they thought they saw a truck meeting the description near Belterra over the weekend, so he is wondering if the casino’s surveillance videos of their parking area might show the truck in question.

  The matter is under investigation by the Vevay Police Department. Anyone having any information about the truck or the driver is urged to contact the police department at (812) 427-3737.