Cameron Co. Business Owner Forced to Pay Out-of-Pocket Repairs
HARLINGEN – A Harlingen sports bar owner said he’s paying thousands to repair his business after an 18-wheeler drove through electrical wires connecting his business to power lines.
Camilio Perez said he opened his business, Nite Shift Sports Bar, 10 years ago.
Last Wednesday, he said a tractor trailer driver jumped the curb outside his place and dragged some electrical wires, which then caused a small fire in the building.
No injuries were reported.
Perez said the incident caused him to close for repairs. He said he had to pay for those out of his own pocket.
“Right now we are in upwards of $10,000 to have everything replaced. That’s not including loss or revenue. That will put us up there about $25,000 with loss of revenue. It’s very frustrating because this is our livelihood and bills still have to get paid. So it’s very frustrating,” he said.
Perez said he reached out to Landstar, the company that owns the trailer. The company told him they hire owner-operators.
Perez said he’s working with them to see if they will pay for the damages.
So far, calls made by CHANNEL 5 NEWS to the company have gone unanswered.
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