Castlegar CIBC employees are receiving kudos from the Fire Chief after their management of the aftermath of a single-vehicle crash.
According to Fire Chief Sam Lattanzio, the call came in at 1:52 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.
“A customer of CIBC inadvertently hit his gas pedal, accelerating instead of braking,” Lattanzio said. “He hit the metal parking poles beside the branch hard enough to deploy his airbags and badly damage his car.”
The posts were also damaged and bent.
“They (the posts) did exactly what they were supposed to do, and prevented a vehicle from hitting the building itself,” Lattanzio said, adding the department responded with a crew of five firefighters, himself and a deputy chief … but upon arrival discovered that CIBC employees had already taken charge and were caring for the man.
“They were phenomenal,” he said. “One was the bank first aid attendant, and another is a first responder for the Warfield fire company.
“They brought the gentleman into the bank and were making sure he was okay,” he said. “They even bandaged up a laceration on his wrist, and had a full report ready to give to my guys when we got there.”
Ultimately, the man was assessed by BCAS and not transported to hospital.
“He was shaken up, but not seriously injured.”
Lattanzio congratulated the CIBC employees for their quick thinking and calm heads.