UPDATE: Truck Crashes Into Snellville Church

A box truck tries to avoid traffic, but ends up stuck under an overhang at Snellville United Methodist Church.

Updated 10 a.m., June 1, 2012: say the driver of the truck was Gregory Malcolm Norfleet, 25, of Tucker. The truck is a landscaping truck. Police Chief Roy Whitehead added: "This incident occurred on private property, so no traffic citations are authorized."


Church officials are stepping into the second day of cleanup and repairs to an overhang damaged in an accident on Thursday. 

The area, directly in front of the sanctuary of , gave way when a box truck tried to pass under it. The truck did not clear the overhang and knocked out several of the structural support beams.

According to a church member helping with cleanup, the driver is not affiliated with the church and was trying to cut through the property located along Highway 78.

Preparations are being made to temporarily shore up the overhang until a full damage assessment can be completed, according to an email that went out to church trustees and other members. Officials hope to have the truck removed by today.

Still, the area should be avoided by anyone visiting the church.

There was no damage caused to the sanctuary or other church buildings.

It was unknown Thursday evening if the driver of the truck was cited by .

Joyce June 01, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Mary, of this was your house or business you would have a different opinion . I am tired of people making excuses for people not following the rules. It's time everyone is held accountable for THEIR actions.
Mary Lou June 01, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Joyce, I absolutely would not have a different opinion. As long as my loss was repaired, restored, etc. How would someone receiving a citation somehow benefit or compensate me? It is clear the fault resides with the driver of this accident, what does a ticket prove? I am making no excuses for anyone. Do you really think ticketing a person somehow prevents or deters anything? I dont. Let the insurance repair the damages and lets not look to squeeze a couple hundred bucks out of someone that serves nothing. If this were a crime, I would have a different opinion and would support punishment for a crime.
Sharon Hetherington June 02, 2012 at 12:51 AM
I agree with Mary Lou and Joyce. Follow the rules! Why does this driver think he has the right to circumvent traffic by cutting through a private parking lot? When I took drivers ed, this was illegal.
Joyce June 02, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Yes, it is illegal. A minor crime nonetheless , still a crime . I see people everyday thinking well it was minor. Maybe, but these are usually the people who don't own up to responsiblility. Paying a ticket sometimes deters people to think twice before doing something . That church should not have to pay their deductible for a foolish mistake.
Michelle July 15, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Yes and if he was charged his insurance would pay for the damages, not the churches!!


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