COQUITLAM The driver of a garbage truck is lucky to be alive after a support beam attached to part of Coquitlam Centre Mall crushed the cab of vehicle he was in.
Emergency crews were called to the southeast portion of the mall at 8:30 a.m. Friday morning, after the truck struck the support beam.
Early indications are the driver of the Smithrite truck had his loader up at the time of impact, though that has not been confirmed.
Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart was at the scene and suggested it was lucky no one else was injured.
"Im not sure you can possibly foresee this," he told the Tri-Cities NOW.
However, he did question the placement of the beam, adding he never understood why it was put there.
The driver was reportedly taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
He was able to call 911 for help from the cab of the truck.
Crews were expected to be on scene for much of the day assessing the damage.
The mall also remained open, though part of the parking lot near The Bay department store was closed.
Officials from Smithrite and WorkSafe BC were also on scene assessing the situation.
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