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UPDATED, VIDEO ADDED: Car goes through window at Capital Hyundai in St. John's

A 27-year-old employee has been taken to hospital following an accident at Capital Hyundai on Kenmount Road around 4:30 p.m. Friday afternoon.
A 27-year-old employee has been taken to hospital following an accident at Capital Hyundai on Kenmount Road around 4:30 p.m. Friday afternoon. - Joe Gibbons

One employee taken to hospital after getting pinned under vehicle

A male employee at Capital Hyundai on Kenmount Road was taken to hospital around 4:30 p.m. Friday.

He was pinned under the vehicle that went through the side of the building after it had been taken out for a test-drive.

Acting Platoon Chief Gerry O’Neill of the St. John’s Regional Fire Department said his crew was called to the scene around 4:30 p.m. and had to use extrication tools to lift the vehicle off the man in order to free him.

The extent of the man’s injuries are not known at this time although he was conscious when he was removed from the scene on a stretcher by paramedics.

A pair of elderly women who were in the car were uninjured following the incident which remains under investigation.

Capital Hyundai was closed for the rest of the day as power was cut to the location.
A three-metre window pane was smashed as the car entered the building and came to stop approximately seven metres from where it entered.
Members of Occupational Health and Safety, the fire departments of St. John’s and Mount Pearl, the RNC and paramedics attended the scene.

"As the investigation into the incident at Capital Hyundai today is ongoing, we cannot share any further details at this time,” Jon Howard, CEO of Capital Auto Group said in a statement shortly before 6 p.m. Friday. "Our top priority today and every day is the safety and well-being of our staff and customers. Right now, we are doing all we can to assist the St. John’s Regional Fire Department and The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary in their investigation, while keeping in touch with our employee and those affected to provide support where possible,” he said.

The Telegram continues to follow this story, and will provide an update when more information is released.

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