Haywood County woman seeks answers while car trapped inside damaged auto shop


Angie Benge’s car is still inside Main Street Automotive in Waynesville, where it has been since a Ford pickup slammed into the building. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Angie Benge dropped her Lincoln Towncar off at Main Street Automotive in Waynesville on a Wednesday for some light work on the car’s front end.

When she and her husband were getting ready to go pick up the vehicle a couple days later, they got a call from the shop owner asking them to hurry over.

When they arrived they realized Benge’s car was not ready. In fact, it was still 10 feet up in the air on the lift near where a Ford pickup slammed into the building.

Bricks are scattered across the building’s entrance, the garage doors are jammed into new crevasses and the roof looks to be caving in where the truck hit. A fence around the building warns of the structure’s instability, but that’s exactly where Benge’s car still is, 10 feet up, behind the remains of what was the front of the building.

Even two weeks after the accident, the car is still there and Benge hasn’t heard what’s going to happen as the insurance companies fight.

“I just need to know something,” Benge said. “I’m really surprised that no one’s contacted us or anything.”

The truck driver’s insurance company covered a rental car after the accident but only for the first few hours — not days, just hours.

“They called us and said, ‘Take it back. We’re not paying for it.’”

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Benge said Main Street Automotive’s insurance agent personally paid for a rental for Benge for the next seven days. But it’s already been a week since she had to return the car, so she’s had to walk to work.

Her husband has a pickup truck, but it doesn’t have enough space for the two children they recently began taking care of.

“We have custody of two little girls that, you know, need us. So, I can’t haul them around in a truck.”

Benge has hired an attorney but said she doesn’t want to “dog or hurt” anyone. She just wants a car to get around in, preferably her car, since it once belonged to her late stepfather.

News 13 reached out to the town of Waynesville Development Services amid rumors Main Street Automotive was to be demolished.

Tom Maguire, senior building inspector, said no permits for demolition have been issued.



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