Sheets of plywood are covering the main entrance of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital this morning after somebody rammed the hospital doors with their vehicle.
The incident happened late Monday night
A Dodge Caravan, driven by a 63-year-old Johnstons River man, slammed into the front doors of the hospital so hard that the vehicle smashed through three sets of doors. The front of the Dodge Caravan stopped just as it entered the hospital's main lobby.
Surprisingly, nobody was injured.
Charlottetown Police Cpl. Dean Field says the 63-year-old driver was arrested at the scene and is facing charges. He said it's too early to say what charges. Police plan to release more information later this morning.
Field said the hospital was extensively damaged. He said it's amazing nobody was injured.
The driver was able to maneuver his vehicle around or through three huge cement pillars, painted bright yellow, which are placed in front of the main entrance to prevent this type of thing from happening.
Field said police have more witnesses to interview in the morning.
In the waking hours this morning, the mess had all been cleaned up. All that remained of the accident was a few skid markets on the sidewalk in front of the hospital and the plywood covering the main doors.
The newly redesigned front entrance and lobby is only a month old. It was officially opened Dec. 21. It is part of a multi-million dollar expansion of ambulatory care at Prince Edward Island's largest referral hospital.
The whole section of the hospital remains under construction.
"The front entrance is structurally sound and safe for staff, patients and visitors to travel through," - Amanda Hamel, a spokeswoman for the hospital
It won't be completed until this spring.
Amanda Hamel, a spokeswoman for the hospital, said the side door is still functional and will be used as the main entrance point until repairs can be made.
"The front entrance is structurally sound and safe for staff, patients and visitors to travel through," Hamel said in an email early this morning.
"They just have to exercise patience in sharing the single door until the outer double doors are replaced."
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