No one was injured early Sunday when a sports utility vehicle smashed through the front entrance of the Fayette EMS building, but the crash caused severe damage to the area used by administrators and office staff. “We have a drive-thru window now,” said Rick Adobato, Fayette EMS director of operations following the 12:15 a.m. accident. “But were not serving burgers or fries.”
According to Adobato, the unidentified driver was traveling north on South Arch Street and went over the sidewalk before striking and going through the brick wall and glass doors of the front entrance. “There is brick, block and glass everywhere,” said Adobato. “The wall into my office was moved at least six inches.”
Luckily, he added, the overnight ambulance crews were in the rear of the building. “They said they felt the whole building shake,” said Adobato. “It must have been a horrendous noise.”
A spokesman for the Connellsville Police, said the driver of the vehicle was not injured. His identity was not immediately released pending further investigation and no charges have yet been filed by the department. The weather, said the police spokesman, was not a factor in the accident.
Adobato, meanwhile, speculated that repair work would begin this week. “It is not going to interrupt our ambulance service at all,” he said. “The office staff might have to rearrange their work schedule depending upon the schedule of the contractor.”
By Patty Yauger, Herald-Standard