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TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

Early Sunday morning, a pickup truck slammed into a Tyler business, leaving one man in the hospital.

The crash occurred just after 1 A.M. on the 1500 block of W. Grande Blvd. in Tyler. The truck left the roadway, rolling over and hitting the east side of the Tyler Area Builders association building.

"I was startled," said the company's Executive Vice President, Libby Simmons. "I had already been told a car had hit the building but I had no idea that it literally had taken out the front and east corner of the building totally."

Simmons was told that two trucks had been racing early Sunday morning, when one lost control.

A loose tire from the truck also did damage to one of the trees on the property, as well as one of the building's columns. The tire also bounced up, putting a hole into the ceiling of the driveway canopy.

"This curve attracts a lot of cars that lose control," Simmons said. "We've had some damage to our parking lot and our lawn before, but we've never had it reach the building."

Simmons said that because of the holiday weekend, it will be a few days before they can assess the dollar amount of the damage and rebuild.

"I think right now we'll just get the building secured with plywood then go from there," she said. "It's damaged throughout, the impact was so hard that the walls have moved throughout the space."

But being the Builders Association, they're ready to hit the ground running, bringing contractors in first thing next week.

"Obviously we have those right at hand for us, so Tuesday we will begin the process of everything we need to do," Simmons said. "We'll get started real quickly."

TABA said that the damage to their building will not impact their scheduled open house on Tuesday for the launch of ticket sales for the 60th annual Parade of Homes.

Authorities have not yet released the identity of the driver, who was transported to the hospital following the accident, but said his injuries are not life threatening.

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