Driver taken to hospital after truck hits Eagle River salon

Friday, September 8, 2017 - 13:04
  • Police and bystanders look at a pick-up truck that struck the Mustard Seed Salon in Eagle River at around noon on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017. An Anchorage Fire Department spokesperson said the driver of the vehicle was transported to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries. The cause of the crash was under investigation Wednesday afternoon. (Star photo by Kirsten Swann)
  • A firefighter examines a pick-up truck that struck the Mustard Seed Salon in Eagle River at around noon on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017. An Anchorage Fire Department spokesperson said the driver of the vehicle was transported to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries. The cause of the crash was under investigation Wednesday afternoon. (Star photo by Kirsten Swann)
  • Anchorage Police Department Ofc. Eric Nowak photographs the inside of the Mustard Seed Salon in Eagle River after a truck hit the building at around noon on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017. An Anchorage Fire Department spokesperson said the driver of the vehicle was transported to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries. The cause of the crash was under investigation Wednesday afternoon. (Star photo by Kirsten Swann)
  • A truck sits in the yard of the Mustard Seed Salon in Eagle River after hitting the building at around noon on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017. An Anchorage Fire Department spokesperson said the driver of the vehicle was transported to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries. The cause of the crash was under investigation Wednesday afternoon. (Star photo by Kirsten Swann)

A driver was injured after a pickup truck left the roadway and smashed into the front of an Eagle River salon Wednesday morning.

According to Anchorage Fire Department assistant chief Eric Schuenemann, the male driver suffered non life-threatening injuries in the crash, the cause of which Schuenemann said was under investigation by police Wednesday.

The crash happened just before noon, when employees and customers were in the middle of their appointments at the Mustard Seed Salon on Hanson Drive. The sudden impact knocked bottles to the floor, but nobody inside the shop was injured and the building appeared to be mostly undamaged, according to salon owner Hilary Pullen.

Schuenemann said nine AFD units were initially dispatched to the scene because a building was involved.

“These kinds of situations with a possible building collapse we actually dispatch our urban search and rescue team from Anchorage,” he said.

However, once an ambulance and fire engine from Eagle River Station 11 arrived and saw damage to the building was minimal, all but the original two responding units stood down, Schuenemann said.

“They were all cancelled with the exception of the first ambulance and engine,” he said.

Eagle River resident Michelle McClaskey said she was on her way to a routine appointment at the salon when a police car flew past her on North Eagle River Road. When she arrived at the business, she saw the fire engine, the ambulance, police cars — and a dark colored pickup truck pushed up against the front of the building.

The women inside the salon seemed to be taking it all in stride, McClaskey said.

“They said they thought it was an earthquake — it just shook, and everything came off the walls,” she said.

While McClaskey decided to reschedule her afternoon appointment, others went on as scheduled after the crash, with customers in hair foils stepping aside to allow a uniformed police officer to photograph the inside of the salon.

Story has been updated to correct a mistaken first reference to the day of the week the accident happened.

Star editor Matt Tunseth contributed to this story.

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