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A vehicle was totaled Sunday night after crashing into the O’Reilly Auto Parts store in Windom. Erin Trester/Daily Globe

Truck totalled after colliding into O’Reilly Auto Parts store

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WINDOM — A truck was totaled Sunday night after crashing into the O’Reilly Auto Parts store in Windom.

The Windom Police Department received a call at 11 p.m. Sunday night of a crash at the store.

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James Cook, 53, of Spencer, Iowa, and a passenger were traveling southbound on Highway 71 when the brakes in Cook’s truck wouldn’t engage, according to Josh Partlow of the Windom Police Department.

Cook drove off of U.S.71, through the Minnesota 60 intersection and into the O’Reilly Auto Parts store, where the vehicle crashed through the building.

“The truck was declared totaled, and the building sustained significant damage,” said Partlow. “You can clearly see right into the building. The vehicle collided into the part of the building where there was an office, so it wasn’t the store front where the merchandise is that was hit.”

Cook, who originally refused medical attention, but later complained of soreness, was transported to Windom Area Hospital, and the passenger had a swollen nose, but refused medical treatment, according to Partlow.

As of Monday afternoon, the exact dollar amount of damage to the building is unknown, but contractors were at the store already trying to fix some of the damage.

“Right now we’re just trying to get pictures taken of the damage for corporate because they’re the ones that will be handling this,” said Justin Miller, district manager of O’Reilly Auto Parts store. “Our focus here is to get things boarded up and to make it safe again for customers.”

The incident is still under investigation by the Windom Police Department.

Daily Globe Reporter Erin Trester may be reached at 376-7322.

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Erin Trester
Erin Trester is the crime and city reporter for the Daily Globe. She's a native of Lewiston, MN, but moved to Buffalo, NY to attend college and obtained her bachelor's degree in Communications. She started at the Western New York Catholic Newspaper as a reporter in Buffalo, but in October 2013 she returned to her home state to start with the Daily Globe. Most of her spare time is taken up by her 12 year old thoroughbred named Faith, but some of her other hobbies include reading, fishing and spending time with friends and family. 
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