A man was injured when his pickup crashed into the Habitat for Humanity building on South First Street in Willmar around 9:10 Tuesday morning.
After impact, the pickup started on fire with the driver trapped inside but rescuers were able to free him and take him to Rice Memorial Hospital. The fire was put out, but the side of the building was damaged and was partially filled with smoke, and the box of a habitat delivery truck was destroyed.
Habitat Executive Director Mary Beth Nelson says she was on the phone when the truck hit the wall right outside her office, blowing out the glass.
Nelson says she’s been told the driver had been northbound on 1st Street, started to drive erratically, crossed into the southbound lanes, then drove into the parking lot of Mattress Firm next to Habitat and launched itself through the box of the delivery truck before hitting Habitat. She says she’s thankful for the quick response of police, firefighters and rescuers and hopes the driver will be alright.
The impact narrowly missed gas lines on the outside of the building. No one in the building was hurt, but Nelson says if the pickup hadn’t hit the box of the delivery truck to slow it down before it hit the building, it may have been a different story.
(JP Cola, KWLM)