Only one person was injured when a small SUV crashed into a building near Cooper Court around 10 a.m. Saturday, according to Boise Fire Department.
“The subject came off the connector and there's no indication that he hit his brakes before he hit the building,” said Steve Rasulo, battalion chief for Boise Fire. “So, I'm not sure what led or may have transpired to cause that accident.”
The vehicle crashed into the back of an architecture firm, Glancey Rockwell and Associates at 595 South Americana Boulevard, which is situated next to Interfaith Sanctuary. Boise’s largest encampment of homeless people live in the alley around Interfaith and one man even said he usually camps right in the spot the crash occurs.
Rick Stotter, who stays at Interfaith regularly, said he was relieved the vehicle didn’t crash into the tents or catch fire.
“I was afraid the whole things was going to go up,” he said.
The driver, who has not been named yet, was reportedly trapped in the vehicle.
Stotter said he and a couple other people who camp in the area helped pull the driver out and moved him to safety with a wheelchair. The driver was then transported to the hospital, and his current condition is unknown, Rasulo said.
Intermountain Gas responded and shut down the gas line. Boise Fire and Boise Police Department escorted people away from the area since the gas was approaching dangerous levels. But by 11 a.m. they had vented the buildings back to safe levels, Rasulo said.
The damage to the building extended to property inside the architecture firm, but it was released back to the owners.