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Jim Lineberger had just gotten a clean bill of health from his doctor Wednesday morning.
That was before a car ran a stop sign at Connor Street and Lineberger swerved his Ford pickup truck to avoid a crash on South Market Street.
Lineberger, who was headed south on South Market Street, crossed into the opposite lanes, traveled along the sidewalk and then hit a utility pole and six cars in Adam’s Auto Sales used car lot.
The crash snapped the power pole in half.
Lineberger also hit a couple wooden poles in the car lot.
He escaped with just a cut on his hand.
“It happened so fast,” Lineberger said. “It’s hard to believe it.”
The Lancaster police and fire departments responded to the crash.
Police Lt. Jeff Meeks said a two-tone, brown 4-by-4 pickup truck with large mud tires ran the stop sign.
Lineberger said he couldn’t remember the color of the truck, but a witness told police he saw the truck run the sop sign.
Duke Energy and Comporium Communications also responded, due to the damaged utility pole.
Car lot owner Henry Adams talked with Sgt. Dean Short about the crash, totaling up how much damage had been done to the cars. A Volvo, two Cadillacs, a Lincoln, a Chevrolet mini-van and a Firebird that Adams just put on the lot last week were damaged in the crash.
Adams said it will likely cost more to fix the damage than what the cars are worth. Adams estimated the damage to the cars and lot at about $12,000.
“I got a big mess,” Adams said. “They’re good, old cars. The Firebird runs perfect. It’s bad, but it could have been worse, I reckon.”
Police could not locate the driver who ran the stop sign, Short said. Lineberger was not charged in the crash.
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