Close call

Snow­plow dam­ages Whit­ney Pier apart­ment com­plex

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY CAPE BRE­TON POST STAFF

A snow­plow struck the cor­ner apart­ment of a multi-use apart­ment com­plex on Vic­to­ria Road early Mon­day morn­ing, caus­ing ma­jor struc­tural dam­age.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred just after 6 a.m. on the Whit­ney Pier street when a Cater­pil­lar fron­tend loader struck the south cor­ner of 936 Vic­to­ria Road after it left Bre­ton Street.

The part of the build­ing struck by the plow was a ground-floor apart­ment that was rented by Vanessa Fraser and her 74-year-old mother just three weeks ago.

“I feel like I won the lottery — re­ally, I’m lucky, it’s like I won the lottery,” said Fraser, who was asleep in the cor­ner room, not far from the im­pact of the big blade.

Fraser said her mother was in the next room. Nei­ther was in­jured.

They were per­mit­ted to go back into the build­ings for their valu­ables and other needed items. But they were told they would have to va­cate the premises for now.

Across the street from the ac­ci­dent, the stop sign at the end of Bre­ton Street was on the ground as po­lice in­ves­ti­gated and large tire tracks were plainly vis­i­ble run­ning over it, as well as over a nearby side­walk.

The build­ing’s owner did not wish to speak to me­dia.

Some­one who iden­ti­fied them­self as a rel­a­tive of one of the peo­ple liv­ing in­side the home said the im­pact point of the plow at the cor­ner of the house dam­aged a spare room.

On­look­ers told the Cape Bre­ton Post the plow was owned by a pri­vate con­trac­tor on con­tract for snow re­moval for the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Po­lice would later con­firm that in­for­ma­tion.

A pri­vate con­tract­ing com­pany ve­hi­cle was at the scene after the ac­ci­dent, in ad­di­tion to the snow­plow in­volved.

Po­lice con­firmed the in­ci­dent oc­curred at about 6:15 a.m. on Mon­day. In­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cers re­mained on scene for much of the morn­ing.

The CBRM Build­ing Ser­vices depart­ment was later no­ti­fied to assess struc­tural dam­age. Nova Sco­tia Depart­ment of Labour has also been no­ti­fied.

DAVID JALA/CAPE BRE­TON POST

A front-end loader plow­ing snow on Vic­to­ria Road in Syd­ney early Mon­day skid­ded off the street and crashed into this apart­ment build­ing. The ma­chine’s blade pushed in­side an un­oc­cu­pied bed­room. There were no re­ports of in­juries.

DAVID JALA/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Hours after a snow­plow slammed into the side of a Whit­ney Pier apart­ment, work­ers were on the scene re­pair­ing, at least tem­po­rar­ily, the gap­ing hole left in the Vic­to­ria Road struc­ture. The in­ci­dent oc­curred early Mon­day morn­ing and left two women home­less.

SUB­MIT­TED BY STAN­LEY BRIAN GIL­LIS

A photo taken in­side the Vic­to­ria Road apart­ment on Mon­day shows the ex­tent of the dam­age cre­ated by the blade of the front-end loader. No one suf­fered in­juries as a re­sult of the early morn­ing crash.

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