Two EMS personnel received minor injuries after a crash that destroyed a man’s food truck Tuesday morning.
The initial wreck happened when a truck hauling a food truck had a back wheel pop off, sending the trailer and food truck into a spin before landing close to the guard rail on Interstate 40 westbound just after the Exit 104 on ramp, said Trooper D.R. Lane with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.
Debris littered across the road caused an ambulance responding to the crash to slam on its brakes, Lane said. A FedEx truck behind the ambulance slammed on its brakes and stopped, but a tractor - trailer hauling milk behind the FedEx truck could not get stopped in time . It crashed into the FedEx truck , sending it into the ambulance.
Two EMS personnel in the ambulance were taken to Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge-Morganton for minor injuries, said Trooper A.J. Carpenter.
The owner of the food truck, Timothy Michaels, 57, of Morganton, was charged with careless and reckless driving, Carpenter said.
Michaels said owning a food truck had been his lifelong dream, something he put on hold until his youngest child finished college.
“I’ve been working on this thing for a couple of years, researching it,” Carpenter said.
The truck, which was going to be called Pizza Razzo, had been renovated and even had a pizza oven made out of the same material used on the heat sensors of NASA rockets.
He hadn’t taken the food truck out yet, but had plans to be at a tasting in Asheville on Thursday. All of the pizzas were going to be space themed.
Now, it’s time to start over.
“It’ll all work out,” Michaels said.