A tragic story coming out of Lufkin on Thanksgiving Eve where a driver died when his big-rig crashed completely through an auto parts store. KTRE 9 News in Lufkin is reporting that it happened at about 4:25 Wednesday morning on Timberland Drive.

Lufkin Police say the 18-wheeler was traveling southbound on Timberland when, for an unknown reason, the semi went off the street and traveled several hundred yards, crashed through utility poles, and then went completely through an Auto Zone. The truck finally stopped in a Kiwanis Park behind an office building.

Emergency responders arrived to find the driver deceased, and it took about 30 minutes for firefighters to remove his body from the crumpled cab.

Lufkin Police later identified the driver as 62-year-old Brian Golliday, of St Louis, Missouri. Police said family members told them that he had a history of heart problems. Meanwhile, an autopsy has been ordered.

Just under a thousand homes and businesses lost electricity as a result of the crash, but power was restored by daybreak.

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