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Truck plows into store

 

Marlene Petrie

It was a scary situation at a popular Armstrong business when a large truck barreled through the front door and came to a rest against a table in the back.

The incident happened earlier today (Thursday) around noon at Armstrong Computer Service and The Source location.

Store owner Ian Cummings says there were three staff members and one customer inside at the time.

“We’ve been absolutely wiped out,” says Cummings when asked about the extent of damage.

“It came in and wiped out our sales counter, our cellular display, and went all the way to the back of the store and wiped out our secretaries desk, but no one was hurt. It was unbelievable.”

The driver is said to be an elderly man, whom Cummings presumes mixed up the pedals or the gears. He is said to have been shaken up over the incident, but not physically hurt.

“We’re definitely going to rebuild, we’ve got an excellent business here,” says Cummings.

“I would say our service department should be up and running tomorrow and the retail store will probably be shut down for a while. It’s total devastation.

“We have insurance, so it's just stuff. I don’t really care anymore because everyone is fine and that’s the best part.”

Cummings is unsure what will happen after tomorrow, saying everything is still fresh and he will be taking things day by day.

The Armstrong RCMP have spoken to the elderly driver and are still trying to piece together exactly what happened that lead up to this crash.

They say the truck will be taken in for a mechanical inspection and officers have also said there is a good chance the man will have his driver’s license re-examined in the near future.

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