No injuries in Armstrong mishap

There was a scary situation at an Armstrong business Thursday.

Just after noon, a truck went through the front window at Armstrong Computer Service on Smith Drive and came to rest inside the store.

“I had just got out of my car and I heard a crash and glass shattering,” said one witness.

“I saw a truck inside the store and there was well over a foot (of space) behind him.”

The business is owned and operated by Armstrong Spallumcheen fire chief Ian Cummings, who was on his way to a meeting with municipal politicians when he received a page saying there had been an explosion at his business address.

“I turned around and raced back,” said Cummings.

There were three employees and a customer inside the business at the time of the crash, though nobody inside was hurt.

“That’s the miraculous part here,” said Cummings. “It could have been fatal, there’s no doubt about that.”

All of the people were on the other side of the building when the truck crashed.

The driver of the truck, an elderly man from Armstrong, was not physically injured, but was quite shaken up.

Firefighters, the police and paramedics converged on the scene and the incident remains under investigation. The truck is being taken in for a mechanical inspection.

It’s not known if charges could be laid.

“We are still very much in the early stages of the investigation,” said Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.



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