A car crashed through a window and into a lounge at the hospital in Clarenville Tuesday. — Submitted photo by the RCMP
A car crashed through a wall at Dr. G. B. Cross Memorial Hospital in Clarenville Tuesday morning and caused significant damage to the physician lounge.
“It wasn’t stopping,” said Boyd Snook, who was exiting the building when the crash took place.
“It just went straight through, hit the curb, and when it hit the curb, it lifted and went through the window. It came from the road and went straight on through.”
According to police, the woman driving, a 66-year-old from Lethbridge, walked away uninjured.
The incident forced Eastern Health to cancel elective surgeries and outpatient medical appointments at the hospital for the day.
Ivan Paul had arrived just after the car crashed and was walking to the front entrance when staff rushed out.
“It’s amazing how she went through it. The trees are there. A matter of six inches and she would have hit the concrete,” he said.
Two witnesses reported smelling fumes after the crash, and firefighters doused the car with foam as it was loaded onto a flatbed.
Eleanor Kutasy was visiting a relative in the hospital when a Code Blue came through the PA system. Then it quickly became Code Red.
“Code Red came across, and everyone had got into action and said everyone had to leave. Patients had to be back in their room and locked down. They escorted us out through the main (entrance),” she said. “Fire trucks were already starting to come in. Everything was panicky. You could smell the smoke and the fumes in the air.”
The car was removed and, according to Eastern Health, the facility is expected to return to normal operations this morning. The investigation into what happened is continuing.