After an accident caught on camera, a fundraiser was launched for the New Haven pizza truck company

NEW HAVEN — A local business that sends trucks with built-in pizza ovens to events says it could be out of a vehicle for a year or more after one of the trucks was involved in an accident during of the weekend.

Liana Page, owner of Big Green Truck Pizza, said the crash happened around 4:15 p.m. Saturday as the vehicle was heading to an event in Farmington.

Another vehicle was weaving between cars on Interstate 91 north in Cromwell when the other car “snagged them on the right rear bumper,” Page said. She said the driver tried to right the vehicle and avoid hitting another car on the freeway, crashing, flipping and sliding hundreds of feet down the roadway.

The driver and a passenger of the vehicle were fine, she said.

“They’re very shaken up, but again, thank God they’re okay,” Page said when reached by phone Monday morning.

The crash was captured on at least two separate dash cams of cars following nearby, including one that was later uploaded to Reddit, according to Page.

State police said a press release about the incident has yet to be finalized.

Now Page said the company is looking to rebuild, but “it’s just going to take time.”

The crash reduced the company’s fleet of vintage International Harvester KB-5 trucks to four. It was not yet clear on Monday whether the crashed truck can be salvaged.

The trucks also use a bespoke wood-fired pizza oven – each can hold six pies – and the vehicles have to be rebuilt for the company’s needs.

“It’s made for the trucks themselves, so it’s custom made,” she said.

At best, Page said it would take six to eight months for the oven to arrive, but with delays during the pandemic, she predicted the company would be without the truck for a year or more.

This comes at the start of the event season. Page, who took over the business amid the pandemic, said the five trucks are currently booked through mid-October. The company has been around for a total of 22 years.

The company has since launched a crowdfunding page on GoFundMe to help pay to get the truck involved in the accident back in working order.

The page reads: “After many lovely messages from our community asking how you can help, we decided to create this page to accept donations to make a new oven and rebuild our truck.”

“Unfortunately, the insurance will only cover a small amount, and we need close to $250,000 to get the truck back in working order. Not to mention the loss of activity due to the loss of one of our trucks for a spring / summer season, ”continues the page. “The smallest gesture helps our family business get back on its feet.”

As of Monday afternoon, the page had raised nearly $3,500 towards a goal of $50,000.

Page said the driver of the other car involved in the accident fled after the collision and the car was found to be unregistered and uninsured. Police have yet to confirm this.

“It’s just going to take time and patience,” she said of returning to full capacity.

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