NAPLES, Fla.- A vehicle crashed into a fire station in Naples, just after 12:30 p.m. yesterday. The driver of the vehicle was transported to the hospital in serious condition.
A 2011 black Audi A5 crashed into Fire Station No. 1 from a parking lot across the street, taking down a stop sign in the process. The driver was identified as a 31-year-old East Naples man.
A witness reported that he was driving erratic with a blank expression in opposite driving lanes and driving through bushes prior to aiming his vehicle at the firehouse. Firefighters reported hearing a car engine racing and then followed by a loud "boom" that sounded like the engine room was coming down.
The employees ran to the engine room and found that the vehicle had crashed through the east most garage bay door, struck a reserve engine and then crashed into the CBS outside wall of the facility destroying the sprinkler connection piping and supply. The car was wedged in between the driver's side of the truck and the CBS wall. The driver was unconscious and pinned in the wreckage until extricated by firefighters. He was placed on a backboard and stretcher before being loaded into a CCEMS ambulance assigned to Fire Station No. 1. The driver was transported to NCH Downtown in serious condition with one of our personnel assisting with ALS medical care.
The Audi was totaled as a result of extremely heavy front-end and side door damages. The fire truck sustained damages to the front bumper, mechanical siren, driver's door and intrusion into the cab. This vehicle is drivable, but will require repairs. The sprinkler system piping and water supply connection was sheared off the foundation floor and will require extensive work to reconnect. The engine room outside support CBS wall was also cracked and will require repairs.
The driver of the vehicle suffered a medical condition, prior to striking the building. The car was finally removed from the engine room by a tow-truck just after 2:00 p.m.