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Thrift store reopens after truck accident

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A popular thrift store in north Austin was open on Friday just one day after an 18-wheeler crashed into it.

There were reports the driver may have had some medical emergency that caused him to lose control of is semi, but police still have to confirm that and release his identity.

A blue tarp is covering the giant hole left in the side of the building and now the Texas Thrift Store is trying to get back to business as usual.

"We've only been here for fifteen minutes, and this how much we've gotten," Melissa Santos said. She and her cousin are on a mission.

"I always look at the blue tag because half off days," Santos said.

They're shopping for friends, family and themselves.

Santos wasn't sure if the store would be open for business, seeing as how one third of the store is boarded up.

A truck driver died Thursday afternoon after crashing his 18-wheeler into the back of the store in the 5300 block of I-35.

"The impact was so loud, it kind of shook the building a little bit," store manager Janet Murdoch said.

Murdoch said they shut down for the rest of the day after the crash.

"There's concrete and there's still truck parts. I mean, there's a hubcap over here, it looks like something serious happened," Murdoch said.

Engineers say if the truck had hit a few feet over to the side, part of the building would have collapsed.

"There were a lot of people at the front of the store when the incident happened. We were just so grateful that no one was hurt. It was just sort of miraculous," Murdoch said.

They're short on space right now, so donations are being kept out on the sidewalk, but less than 24 hours after the crash, the Texas Thrift Store is back open.

"We're retail. We don't ever like to close," Murdoch said.

"When I come to the thrift store, I can buy everybody something and I have money to go get some food," Santos said.

For some shoppers, this is the only place they can afford to buy a winter coat. With the cold snap whipping through Austin, the aisles are full of frugal customers.

It's still unclear if the driver of the 18-wheeler was traveling on this access road or I-35 before losing control and crashing into the building. Police are still investigating the incident.

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