Bizarre crash damages Fort Lawrence business

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Car crashes into Allen's Buiding Supplies early Saturday

RCMP are investigating a bizarre crash early Saturday that caused extensive damage to a Fort Lawrence building supply store.

Derek Allen of Allen's Building Supplies and Amherst Millwork surveys the damage to the business after a car crashed into the building early Saturday.

FORT LAWRENCE – Cumberland RCMP are investigating a bizarre crash early Saturday that caused extensive damage to a Fort Lawrence business.

Witnesses say the driver of a newer model Honda Civic lost control of his vehicle as it came down Lawrence Street at about 6 a.m.

The vehicle narrowly missed a utility pole near the Robb Centennial Complex before leaving the road and striking a sign at Allen’s Building Supplies. The car continued on to strike the business, before coming to rest inside the building.

“When I first received the call from the fire department I thought someone was playing a practical joke on me,” Derek Allen said. “Then I realized it was the fire department calling and I came down immediately.”

Allen said he arrived on the scene shortly after 6:30 a.m. and could not believe what he saw.

“It was quite a mess, it still is,” he said, adding an insurance adjustor is expected to survey the damage sometime on Monday.

The business, which houses Allen’s Building Supplies and Amherst Millwork, is open, although Allen said there are some functions they can’t complete due to the damage.

Allen said the wall that was struck by the vehicle was full of paint and the force of the crash threw cans across the business, covering much of the floor and the walls with paint.

He’s afraid to think what could have been had the crash occurred during a business day.

While Amherst Police were first on the scene, the investigation has been turned over to the Cumberland detachment of the RCMP since it occurred in its jurisdiction. There no word on whether charges will be laid.

It’s unknown if there were any injuries.


Organizations: Amherst Police, Cumberland, RCMP

Geographic location: Lawrence Street

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