FAIRFIELD, Conn. — The woman inside a Fairfield mixed-use building heard a loud crash and felt it shake as a commercial truck slammed into the side of it late Monday afternoon, fire officials said.The crash sent the engine compartment of the truck into the interior of the building at 281 Pequot Ave. that houses an office, gallery and apartments, said Assistant Fire Chief Scott Bisson.
The Fairfield Fire and Police departments responded to the accident at 4:52 p.m.
The driver was able to get out of the truck by himself and remained on the scene for emergency responders to arrive. He had no complaints and refused medical assistance, Bisson said.
Arriving fire units shut off the engine of the truck, which was still running. A check of the building was performed as police initiated their investigation.
Fire crews secured the interior of the building and called for the town building official to make sure it was safe to occupy, Bisson said.
Electric power was shut off to the damaged portion of the building, he said.
Fire crews attempted to salvage valuables in the area of the crash that were damaged in the crash, he said.
Two heavy wreckers were called to the scene to remove both the trailer and truck from the building, while fire crews remained on scene to check for environmental concerns, Bisson said.
After the structure was deemed safe by the building official, the scene was turned over to the building owner for repairs and security after the vehicles were removed.
The accident remains under investigation by the Fairfield Police Department. The last fire unit cleared the scene at 6:31 p.m.
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