9 Killed as Truck Rams Car, Stores

Associated Press

An out-of-control tractor-trailer rig barreled down a steep hill and rammed a packed station wagon, killing nine people and setting off a fire that destroyed three downtown stores, police said Saturday.

The truck apparently lost its brakes on the hill Friday night before smashing into the station wagon, killing its seven occupants and pushing the vehicle into a store before exploding. The truck driver and his wife also died in the wreck, police said.

The fire took eight hours to extinguish, said police Sgt. Tom Bruce.