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SUV crashes through Columbia Square storefront

Staff members are shaken up after this SUV drove through the front windows of the Scotia Bank Friday morning
October 17, 2014 - 11:09 AM

KAMLOOPS - Workers at the Columbia Square Scotia Bank are thankful no one was hurt after an SUV drove through the bank windows around 10 a.m. Friday morning.

Linda Candido, a customer relations representative, said she was only a minute away from heading to the branch’s front desk before the vehicle pulling into a parking spot hopped the curb, struck three windows and pulled through the storefront. The vehicle destroyed the waiting area and rested about a metre before hitting Candido’s desk.

“I’m just glad there were no customers (in the waiting area),” Candido said. “I just watched a show on earthquakes and wondered ‘is this an earthquake coming?’”

Kamloops Fire Rescue Lieutenant Dave Sakaki said the female driver of the grey GMC Terrain was traveling with a male passenger. 

Two firetrucks, six firefighters and two police officers responded to the incident. Staff members remain on site while fire crews clear the scene.

Candido expects the bank will continue operations once the glass and other debris is cleared from the building’s foyer.

“A lot of the staff is shaken up,” she said.

RCMP Staff Sgt. Grant Learned released a statement Friday afternoon to report the woman in her 70s and her passenger were examined by paramedics on scene. The vehicle has been impounded pending a mechanical inspection.

No charges have been laid. The incident remains under investigation.

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— This story was updated at 11:32 a.m. Oct. 17, 2014 to include details from witnesses and emergency personnel.

--- This story was updated at 3:09 p.m. Oct. 17, 2014 to include information obtained from a Kamloops RCMP press release.

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