Trac­tor-trailer crashes into Cam­bridge home

RCMP say driver sus­tained non-life-threat­en­ing in­juries, walked out of house

Valley Journal Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - BY SARA ERIC­S­SON KINGSCOUNTYNEWS.CA

The cab of a trac­tor-trailer crashed through a home along Hwy 1 in Cam­bridge shortly af­ter 1 p.m. Oct. 24.

Firefighters, paramedics, med­i­cal first re­spon­ders and RCMP of­fi­cers rushed to the scene along the 6,000 block of Hwy 1 af­ter the crash was re­ported around 1:15 p.m.

“The driver of the trac­tor­trailer was at­tempt­ing to avoid a col­li­sion with an­other ve­hi­cle when he lost con­trol, left the road, and struck the house. The trac­tor por­tion of the truck was en­tirely in­side the home. No one was in the res­i­dence at the time of the col­li­sion,” said an RCMP me­dia re­lease is­sued two hours af­ter the crash.

The driver was in­jured but the in­juries are not con­sid­ered life threat­en­ing, the RCMP state­ment said.

It was ap­par­ent at the scene that the truck’s cab — along with gear at­tach­ing it to its trailer — smashed through the side of the house and could not be seen from the road.

Kings District RCMP spokesper­son Cst. Jeff Wil­son con­firmed this, and said all re­spon­ders im­me­di­ately be­gan work­ing to iden­tify who was in the house, and how to get in­side.

Waterville and District Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment ar­rived at the scene around 1:20 p.m., and deputy chief Wayne Pi­neo later con­firmed they found the truck’s driver trapped in­side the house.

He did not con­firm where the driver was trapped but said sev­eral firefighters and EHS re­spon­ders re­mained with the driver as oth­ers worked to de­ter­mine how to safely re­move him from the wreck­age.

“And then we all were work­ing on try­ing to fig­ure out what to do next, and to get him out of there safely,” said Pi­neo.

The driver re­mained in­side the home un­til 2:30 p.m., when he could be seen walk­ing with as­sis­tance out the house’s main door, cov­ered with a blan­ket, as first re­spon­ders guided him onto a stretcher and be­gan ex­am­in­ing him.

He was trans­ported to hospi­tal. The truck re­mained in­side the house. At 3:15 p.m., Pi­neo con­firmed po­lice and firefighters were still work­ing to de­ter­mine ex­actly how to re­move it from the house.

“When we ar­rived on scene, things were as you see them now,” said Pi­neo at the time.

“Things haven’t phys­i­cally changed a whole lot since then.”

Traf­fic re­mained stalled on High­way 1 due to the in­ci­dent, and re­mained slow mov­ing and backed up to nearly Cold­brook through­out the rest of the af­ter­noon.

SARA ERIC­S­SON

The cab of a trans­port truck crashed through the first storey of a house on Riverside Drive in Cam­bridge off High­way 1 Oct. 24. Firefighters at the scene con­firmed no one was home at the time of the in­ci­dent, but the driver of the truck be­came trapped in­side its cab.

SARA ERIC­S­SON

First re­spon­ders were called to the scene around 1:20 p.m. Oct. 24. EHS em­ploy­ees and firefighters helped to safely re­move the truck’s driver and trans­port him to hospi­tal.

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