ELMORE, AL (WSFA) - Incredible surveillance footage shows how a frightening ordeal unfolded at an Elmore County business as an out-of-control truck plowed through the front door and down the center of the store.
Employees managed to escape the truck's path, but the driver is recovering in the hospital.
It happened Monday around 9:15 a.m. at Our Town Gun and Pawn on AL Highway 14.
The business had just opened for the day. Customers were starting to arrive and two employees were working.
Out on Highway 14, Paul Fuller of Deatsville was behind the wheel of his pick-up truck, traveling west towards Millbrook.
A log truck was also going west on Highway 14 and was making a left turn onto Coosada Parkway near the airport.
At some point, the log truck and Fuller's truck made impact and it forced Fuller to lose control.
He went down a ditch, back up an embankment and across the pawn shop's parking lot, crashing into a parked car and through the entrance. His truck went down the middle of the business, destroying displays and merchandise and then slammed into the checkout counter.
One of the pawn shop's employees, Stacy Mills, heard the crash outside and moved away from the counter seconds before the incident.
Mills had to jump out of the way as the truck came barreling through the center isle and was trapped behind a wall, leaving him with minor injuries.
Footage of the incident shows a log sticking out of Fuller's windshield.
According to Coosada Police Chief Leon Smith, the 10-foot piece of log broke off from the log truck and went through Fuller's windshield on the driver's side and went out the back glass on the passenger side of the pick-up truck's cab.
"It's a miracle that no one got hurt any worse than they are," Chief Smith said.
David Woodall, the owner of Our Town Gun and Pawn, shared the video captured by his security cameras with us. He said the log didn't impale Fuller, but he believes he hit his head on the log when it shot through his vehicle, knocking him unconscious.
The footage shows Fuller's foot was still on the accelerator even after his truck came to a complete stop inside the business.
Two customers were inside of a BMW parked in front of the store at the time of the crash. Amazingly, Fuller's truck skirted around their car before plowing into the store. Debris damaged the BMW, but the two men rushed inside to help.
They pulled Mills out of the rubble and got the truck's ignition turned off.
There are no damages estimates yet, according to police.
Stacy Mills shared a picture of wreckage after the harrowing chain of events. It shows the log resting on the steering wheel of Paul Fuller's truck and shattered glass scattered everywhere.
The Coosada Police Department is handling the investigation into the crash. Chief Smith says officers have talked with several witnesses and plan to interview several more. They will also speak to Paul Fuller when his condition improves.
Chief Smith said it is unclear in the preliminary stages of the investigation if the impact between the log truck and Fuller's truck was made before the log truck came to a stop or after it stopped and was making the turn onto Coosada Parkway from Highway 14. Police will be carefully reviewing surveillance footage from the pawn shop and other nearby businesses.
Paul Fuller was in intensive care at Baptist Medical Center South on Tuesday night but seems to be improving.
Family members indicated he is awake and sitting up, but is suffering from shock.
One of his relatives spoke to us Tuesday but asked not to be identified.
"They're lucky to be alive, all of them. The Lord was watching over them. We appreciate all of the support," she said.
On Tuesday, the pawn shop was boarded up and a sign posted on the front of the business stated: "Closed until further notice" as repairs continue.
The owner, David Woodall, is extremely thankful that his employees and customers were not seriously injured. He also sent his thoughts to Paul Fuller as he continues his recovery.
"We are so grateful for the way things turned out," he said.
Woodall voiced concerns about Highway 14 and Coosada Parkway, calling it a bad intersection.
He says just three months ago, his surveillance cameras captured a very similar accident involving a car and a log truck, indicating that the female driver of the car was very seriously injured.
"I hope something can be done there. It's extremely dangerous," he added.