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Raymond fire chief crashes truck in car wash

Union Leader Correspondent

March 09. 2015 7:46PM

Raymond Fire Chief Kevin Pratt 

RAYMOND — A bay at the Circle T Car Wash remained closed Monday after it was damaged last week when the fire chief’s truck hit a vehicle and pushed it into the bay door.

State police Lt. Chris Vetter said Fire Chief Kevin Pratt had opened his door and leaned out to put money in the machine to pay for a car wash when his foot slipped off the brake last Thursday afternoon.

Pratt’s truck lunged forward and entered the car wash, where it struck a car already inside, according to Vetter. The car that was hit was then pushed into a door that was closed on the other side.

“His statement was (his foot) slipped off the brake and hit the gas and he accelerated forward,” Vetter said.

No one was injured, but the accident caused significant damage to the car wash. The business reopened, but the bay where the accident occurred was still closed and boarded up on Monday.

Pratt confirmed the information he gave to state police about his foot slipping off the brake.

“It was an accident,” Pratt said Monday.

Pratt also said both vehicles were still driveable after the accident.

Pratt is not facing charges.

Vetter said the crash remains under investigation by state police, who are handling the case to avoid any potential conflicts.

A representative from the car wash could not be reached for comment.

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