LOWELL -- Whenever the police call at 5 a.m., it's probably not for anything good. Flowers By Albert owner David Descoteaux learned that on Monday.

A Ford pickup truck smashed through the front of his flower store on Monday morning. However, despite the wreckage, Descoteaux says the store remains open for business.

"This stuff happens sometimes," he said on Monday, looking at the glass, bricks and debris in front of his store on Merrimack Street. "What are you going to do? There are worse things in life."

Flowers By Albert, at 521 Merrimack St. near City Hall, has been at that location since the 1960s.

An out-of-control truck caused this damage to Flowers by Albert building on on Merrimack Street in Lowell early Monday morning.Sun staff photos can be
An out-of-control truck caused this damage to Flowers by Albert building on on Merrimack Street in Lowell early Monday morning.

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The building was built in the 1940s, he said.

"I guess it's time for a remodel," Descoteaux said.

The 1998 Ford pickup truck, driven by Quadeer Dicks, of 25 S. Walker St., crashed into Flowers By Albert at around 5 a.m. Dicks was driving south on Merrimack Street and lost control of his truck in the icy conditions, police said. Sunday's rain had frozen and made the road slick overnight.

His truck smashed into the building, as well as a parking meter pole. No citations have been issued.

ServiceMaster employees were cleaning up the damage on Monday. Riverside Glass Company was also on scene.

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