Company owner speaks out after fiery crash

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PALISADE, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- After a Utah woman died in a car crash in Palisade, the owner of the damaged building is speaking out.

After a vehicle crashed into a building on May 12th, a fire started, and the flames worked their way inside.

The owner, John Braun says inside, there was a partially finished reproduction of an 1879 steam locomotive, a project that he has been working on for years.

John says the crash has caused more than physical damages, and he wonders about his own future.

“Is was looking forward to spending time with my wife who is quite ill. We were going to build a house in Washington and move there and retire. Ill soon be 71 years old. And, basically this incident has robbed us of that opportunity," Braun said.

John also says he'll have to move his tools and projects over to a new building while the current one is fixed.

He estimates the building damages were in the $200,000 range, not counting his damaged tools, and the locomotive.

Its still not clear if the driver of the vehicle was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The Mesa County Coroner's office says toxicology results are still pending.

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