Stolen truck causes plenty of damage after hitting building

Gary Kean
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CORNER BROOK — The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary would like to talk to whoever was behind the wheel of a pickup truck that went off the road on Riverside Drive sometime overnight Friday, damaging a building it collided with.

The heavily damaged truck was found abandoned Saturday morning, not long after its owner had reported it stolen from the Elizabeth Drive area.

“We received a report of a stolen vehicle from the Elizabeth Street area at round 8:30 a.m.,” said acting Sgt. Shawna Park of the RNC on Saturday. “At around 9 a.m., we received information from a member of the general public they had observed an abandoned vehicle on Riverside Drive.”

Park said there was no one to be found at the scene when police responded and confirmed the abandoned truck was indeed the stolen one.

The incident, including confirming the path the truck appears to have taken, is still under investigation.

Skid marks indicate the stolen truck left the road long before it struck the industrial warehouse in Brake’s Cove where Corner Brook Pulp and Paper keeps supplies. The truck apparently then travelled along a shallow, grassy ditch before popping back onto the paved entrance to the industrial yard where the building is located.

After crossing the entrance, the truck knocked down a wire fence and then collided with the warehouse. It was directed along the side of the building, ripping off siding as it went, before continuing on well past the building.

The truck eventually came to a stop on another fence several metres beyond the building.

An employee from the paper mill at the scene later in the day said there didnt appear to be any damage to anything inside the building. He did say that the truck also struck a small mobile shed, spinning it around and knocking it from its original location, just before the truck came to rest on the fence.

The truck itself, added Park, was removed from the scene and transported to the RNC’s headquarters for forensic analysis.

Geographic location: CORNER BROOK, Elizabeth Street

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