An out-of-control tractor-trailer carrying bananas crashed into a natural gas main and ignited an explosion on Sunday morning, setting fire to an 18th-century building that housed a tavern and destroying it in Seekonk, Massachusetts, about 6 miles east of Providence, Rhode Island.
The Old Grist Mill Tavern was a rare relic of Pre-Revolutionary New England designed to grind the grain raised by nearby colonial farmers. Nobody seems to know when it opened as a restaurant, although local residents say it was "probably in the 1800s."
The 18-wheeler fell on its side and slid into the Old Grist Mill Tavern. No one was in the building at the time. The building was destroyed and what remains of it will have to be demolished.
The truck driver was taken to a hospital in Providence. It was unclear how serious his injuries were or whether he would face charges.
You can read more about the crash at http://goo.gl/Z20ib. The Old Grist Mill Tavern has a web site available at http://www.ogmtavern.com/. Sadly, the pictures show how it used to be.
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