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‘I was having a good day until that happened’ driver says after truck hits beach

Jaron Moore sits on a damaged park bench across from the Great Southern Golf Club on U.S. 90 in Gulfport on Monday. He said he left the highway after a car in front of him suddenly slammed on brakes.
Jaron Moore sits on a damaged park bench across from the Great Southern Golf Club on U.S. 90 in Gulfport on Monday. He said he left the highway after a car in front of him suddenly slammed on brakes. rfitzgerald@sunherald.com

The driver of a rental truck was unharmed after the box truck left U.S. 90, striking a beachside bench and coming to rest partially across the seawall.

The front of the truck was on the beach Monday afternoon across from the Great Southern Golf Club in an area between Cowan and DeBuys roads.

Jaron Moore, 29, a driver for Gulf Coast Produce, said traffic was moving along until the driver of a car in front of him suddenly put on brakes.

“I was having a good day until that happened,” Moore said. “It was either hit the car or hit that pole.”

The leased truck stopped with its rear end resting against a damaged wooden bench and beside a decorative light pole he managed to avoid.

The seawall drops about 4 1/2 feet to the sand beach.

“It was bumpy, I can tell you that,” Moore said. “But that guy didn’t even stop to see if I was OK.”

Moore was wearing a seat belt.

He called the police, his employer and a Ryder leasing company representative. A co-worker showed up and said a tow truck had been called to remove the vehicle.

Moore said he’s not quite sure how he missed the decorative light pole.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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