“The whole building felt like it was coming down.”
That’s how Deb White described how she and her staff at White House Mortgages felt after a pickup struck crashed into the building on 27th Street shortly before 11 a.m. Friday.
“He (Peter Solymosi, general manager) was in his office standing and he saw the truck coming toward him,” said White, who owns the business.
Vernon Fire Rescue Services spokesperson Jack Blair said a northbound pickup truck crossed over the centre line on 27th and veered into the building.
The truck was driven by an elderly man.
“He was in distress when our guys arrived, I’m not sure if he had some kind of medical condition,” said Blair. “Our guys comforted him and then secured the building. We were worried about the building collapsing on the truck.”
The vehicle struck a couple of pillars.
Damage to the building and truck are extensive.
The driver was taken by ambulance to Vernon Jubilee Hospital.
No one inside the building was injured.