Snowplow damages Whitney Pier apartment complex
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.
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.
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.
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.