October 18, 2016 6:42 pm
Updated: October 18, 2016 11:21 pm

West Edmonton street shut down, building evacuated after truck breaks cable

WATCH ABOVE: There were some major traffic delays in west Edmonton Tuesday afternoon after what police believe was a stolen semi-truck crashed into a broadcast tower cable. Sarah Kraus reports.


Edmonton police closed 184 Street and evacuated a building on Stony Plain Road for several hours Tuesday afternoon after a crash believed to involve a stolen truck.

The EPS said 184 Street was closed north and south between Stony Plain Road and 104 Avenue. Shortly after 8:30 p.m., police said the road had been reopened.

Watch below: A collision involving a semi, which police believe was stolen, led to the evacuation of buildings in the area of 184 Street and Stony Plain Road Tuesday afternoon. Lauren Fink has the details from the Global 1 news helicopter. 

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Officers were called to the scene at around 2:40 p.m. and said the road would be shut down for several hours.

Police believe a stolen semi-truck collided with another vehicle, entered a parking lot and then hit a support cable, breaking it from a broadcast transmitting tower.

Late Tuesday evening, police said the tower had been “stabilized” but added repairs were ongoing.

The woman driving the vehicle that was hit was taken to hospital as a precaution, EPS said.

Officers said the man driving the allegedly stolen truck tried to drive away in a blue Pontiac Grand Am that was stolen from the parking lot.

On Tuesday evening, police said they are continuing to look for a suspect as well as a stolen two-door, turquoise 1995 Pontiac Grand Am with Alberta licence plate BRN7224.

Buildings in the area, including CTV Edmonton and LA Fitness, were evacuated due to risk of the tower collapsing.



A crash in the west end has shut down a street and forced the evacuation of a nearby building. Oct. 18, 2016.

Brad Gowan, Global News

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