A flatbed truck was traveling east on West Lamar Alexander Parkway when lost control and ran into Foothills Church.
Update Saturday 3:30 p.m.:
Pastor Trent Stewart told WBIR 10News the church has repaired the building enough to have services as usual this weekend. On Friday, a flatbed truck slammed into Foothills Church after authorities said an equipment malfunction caused the driver to lose control.
A man is recovering after a truck he was driving slammed into a Maryville church.
Around 3 p.m. Friday, a flatbed truck was traveling east on West Lamar Alexander Parkway when officials said they believe an equipment malfunction caused the driver to lose control. The truck crossed the median and westbound lanes, traveled up a hill and into Foothills Church.
The back of the truck was barely visible from the outside of the metal building. Police say it was carrying a cargo of trees.
The driver was taken to Blount Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Building inspectors were on site immediately working to determine the safety of the building.
Bill Hearon of Friendsville said the driver of the flatbed was his 31-year-old grandson. Hearon said, "He's been driving trucks for years. He knows all about it. I don't know what took place, but he's a good truck driver."
Foothills Church's Lead Pastor Trent Stewart said no one was inside the church at the time of the crash. Pastor Stewart said, "They called me and said a truck had run into the church and I couldn't actually what that meant."
Pastor Stewart said the area of the church damaged by the truck is where a group of people normally meet. He explained, "That area is actually where our children meet. It's a small group room. We're just really thankful that nobody was here when the accident happened."
Foothills Church also received some water damage due to the flatbed hitting a fire suppression line. The church hopes to still be able to have service in spite of the damage.