A truck crashed into the Circle K store at the Irving station on Sackville Drive in Lower Sackville, N.S., on Thursday.
Police say just before 5 p.m., they received “multiple reports” of a vehicle driving on the wrong side of the road along Highway 101.
“We attempted to stop it. It refused to stop,” Nova Scotia RCMP Cpl. Dal Hutchinson said.
“The vehicle took the exit here onto Beaver Bank Road, at which time it took the turn onto Sackville Drive and drove directly into the Irving gas station.”
Police say two people have been taken to hospital as a result. The extent of their injuries is unknown.
“We’re very fortunate other people weren’t seriously injured or killed in this incident,” Hutchinson said.
Jason Mclellan was on the scene of the Highway 101 crash just minutes after the crash happened.
“So I see a guy running from the centre median, and crosses in front of me. I didn’t know what he had in his hand; it looked like shrapnel from the car or something like that.”
Mclellan says the object turned out to be a knife, which he used to steal another vehicle.
“There was an older man in a Dodge with the door already open, like he was going to get out to see what happened maybe, or maybe was in the accident, I’m not sure,” said Mclellan.
“The man took his truck with the machete, the guy ordered him out of the truck, and then did a donut in the highway, and then sped off towards traffic towards Sackville.”
Sarah Boehner works at the Lifemark CORE Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Centre attached to the service station. She says she was with a client when the crash occurred.
“The sound was the loudest noise I’ve ever heard in my life,” Boehner says. “I knew that it was clearly something very bad.”
Boehner exited the massage room area to colleagues instructing her to evacuate the building. She says their building wasn’t impacted, except for the power.
“I assumed the building was going to explode,” she said. “But when we got out there it was clear that someone just drove through the building but missed the pumps.”
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Police say they will provide further details as soon as they become available.