Deputy Fire Chief hears car crash into St. Joe's Cancer Care Center building


A crash at a local medical center had emergency crews at the scene, even before 911 was called.

At around 4:00 pm Tuesday, a call was dispatched for a car that crashed into St. Joseph’s Cancer Care Center, on Idaho Street, downtown. Lewiston Police said the driver is a patient at the center and was parking when his foot slipped off the break and hit the gas.

But the location of the crash made this situation different than most. It happened directly across the street from the Lewiston Fire Department. Deputy Fire Chief Gaylon Waits was on scene before a call was even dispatched. "I was in my office with the window open, which faces this side of the building. So I heard the impact. The car had hit the building I grabbed radio and headed over to see if the patient was all right. In this case it's just more of training and experience that happens, you just go and do what needs to be done," said Chief Deputy Waits.

Luckily no one was seriously hurt in the crash. Lewiston Fire said there is some structural damage to the building. A representative from St. Joseph Regional Medical Center said no one inside was injured and they will be able to resume operations as normal.

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