August 25, 2014 7:22 pm

Edmonton boy crashes vehicle into apartment suite

An Edmonton teen was behind the wheel of an SUV that crashed into an apartment building at 109 Avenue and 89 Street Monday afternoon.

Colton Goforth, Global News

EDMONTON – A 14-year-old boy was forced to jump into the driver’s seat Monday afternoon, after his mother left him in their SUV but forgot to put it in park.

It happened around 3:30 outside an apartment building at 109 Avenue and 89 Street.

“The vehicle started moving, the child tried to stop it,” said Chief Mike Westfall with Edmonton Fire Rescue.

Unfortunately, the teen accidentally hit the gas instead of the brakes. The vehicle went through a fence before crashing into a basement suite.

Liz Marshal, who lives in the building, said it sounded “as if somebody fell upstairs and dropped a whole bunch of dishes.” She then saw a crowd gathered outside, and a woman crying.

“It’s not something you expect to happen to your building.”

Fire officials said the vehicle took out a support beam so they had to evacuate the apartment building to make sure it’s safe.

No one was injured in the incident.

© Shaw Media, 2014

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