March 9, 2016 - Vehicle hits commercial building - AFD response details
March 10, 2016
AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – On Wednesday, March 9 at 12:38 p.m. the Airdrie Fire Department responded to the report of large vehicle driving into a commercial building located on East Lake Crescent NE.
When fire crews arrived on scene they found that a transport truck and trailer had left Highway 2 southbound, crossed all northbound lanes, crashed through a tall security fence before driving into a large commercial building.
Fire fighters determined that the impact severely damaged utilities, including gas and power, which required immediate attention to ensure safety for first responders. Surrounding businesses were also temporarily evacuated as a precaution.
Atco Gas and Fortis arrived on scene and were able to quickly secure potential hazards allowing rescuers to safely access the wreckage and extricate the lone occupant. Once the driver was freed he was transferred to the care of Alberta Health Services (AHS) for transport to hospital. AHS also assessed and treated three additional patients on scene.
The Calgary Fire Department Heavy Rescue Team attended with the technical expertise to assess the structural integrity of the damaged building. With the driver safely removed and all hazards controlled, the decision was made to leave the truck in place to assist with the ongoing investigation by the RCMP, Fire Department and a structural engineer.
Five Airdrie fire apparatus with 15 firefighters and five Calgary Fire Department apparatus with 14 firefighters were on scene.
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Deputy Chief Garth Rabel