Beer Truck Blocks Busy Street

PANAMA CITY - A beer truck flipped on its side Wednesday morning, blocking traffic on East 15th street and Sherman Avenue for 2 1/2 hours.

According to Florida Highway Patrol, 30-year-old Jonathan Rust of Panama City was traveling east on 15th Street when he lost control of his semi. Rust veered to the right and back left, causing the truck to flip onto it's right side.

Rust was taken to Gulf Coast Medical Hospital with minor injuries. He claims the brakes failed, but FHP cited him for careless driving.

"He lost control, drove up on the curve and in trying to regain control, the truck turned over because of his high center of gravity," said Sgt. J.D. Johnson. "Speed was probably a factor in it. He says his brakes failed. We have since inspected the brakes and there's not a brake failure on the part of the vehicle so it's a driver error."

Goldring Gulf, says 80% of the beer in the truck was damaged. Add that to the $15,000 in damage to the truck and this wreck cost the distributor nearly $25,000.

15th street reopened to traffic about 10:30 a.m.