By Elizabeth Hur, Andrew Kramer
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Authorities say four people were injured Sunday when an SUV slammed into a building in North Philadelphia, causing it to partially collapse right onto the vehicle.
The incident happened around 6:30 p.m.
“I saw the car go straight into the wall and then the building collapsed down on it,” eyewitness Hassan Carlton said.
A 19-year-old woman was reportedly trapped after the front of the two-story garage collapsed in the 1100 block of Silver Street.
Chris King jumped into action with eight years of paramedic training under his belt:
“I grabbed my medical bag and ran up there,” he said, “taking bricks off of the top of the vehicle and got a friend of mine to help me lift the piece of metal that sat over there and we got metal out and I got two young ladies out of the back of the cars.”
The vehicle had a total of three people inside, including the driver. They were all taken to Temple Hospital, along with the victim who was trapped. All four were said to be in stable condition, all with non-life threatening injuries.
No other injuries were reported. Nobody was inside the building at the time of the incident. Neighbors say it has been vacant for years.
Authorities don’t believe drugs or alcohol played a factor in the crash.
Demolition crews were called to tear down what was left of the front of the building. They were still cleaning up piles of bricks off the street late Sunday night.
An investigation is ongoing.