Video: Truck smashes into downtown business
Last updated at 5:20 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 1
An Alaska Waste garbage truck crashed into Alaska Check Cashing, at Fifth Avenue and Karluk Street, in downtown Anchorage late Monday morning.
The incident closed down Fifth Avenue at Karluk Street. Shortly before 1 p.m. westbound traffic on Sixth Avenue was moving slowly, but eastbound lanes on Fifth Avenue were still shut down. As of 4:45 p.m., all lanes on Fifth Avenue had reopened.
Two people were transported to a local hospital, according to Anchorage Fire Department Capt. Paul Urbano. He did no immediately know the extent of the injuries.
Police issued a statement Monday evening, stating the driver of the truck “experienced a medical problem which rendered him unconscious causing him to collide with a building.” An employee and a customer of Alaska Check Cashing suffered minor injuries as a result of falling debris, but no major injuries were reported, police said.
“It missed him by inches. That guy is very lucky,” said Leo Gant, an employee at a nearby business who witnessed the crash. “For him just to have a little head wound, that’s pretty amazing.”
One customer and one employee were inside the building at the time of the crash, according to the owner of Alaska Check Cashing. He also expressed concern about the structural stability of the building once the truck was removed.
Anchorage fire crews reinforced the structure to allow the truck to be removed safely.
Security video courtesy of Rush Espresso. KTVA 11’s Shannon Ballard contributed to this report.