A truck barreled into a Metairie fire station on Thursday morning after a traffic accident.
East Bank Consolidated Fire Department Station 18 at 3430 North Causeway Blvd. sustained extensive damage as a result of the incident, losing a front wall; but it remains operational, department director Joseph Greco said. Greco said only one of the two motorists involved suffered injuries, but they did not appear to be life-threatening.
The accident happened about 6 a.m. when 23-year-old man driving a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt southbound on North Causeway after getting off the nearby Causeway Bridge hit the side of a 2005 Ford F-150 making a U-turn at the intersection of Melvil Dewey Drive, according to Greco. The collision sent the truck, being driven by a 23-year-old man from Meraux, into the kitchen of fire station 18.
While there were firefighters in the station, none were in the kitchen, Greco said. However, the station changes shifts at 7 a.m. — had the accident occurred 30 minutes later, Greco said, the kitchen might’ve been packed with Fire Department personnel preparing for the switch.
“We were fortunate in that respect,” Greco said. “The most important thing now is the station is still in service.”
The entire wall that the truck went through was missing later Thursday, and the inside of the kitchen was visible from its parking lot on North Causeway.
The Cobalt’s driver — from Bush on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain — was taken to a local hospital after the crash, Greco said. The F-150’s driver was uninjured.
Deputies did not issue any citations in the wreck, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman Col. John Fortunato said.