Family health

A truck destroys the doors of a family health clinic in Goderich

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The main entrance to the Maitland Valley Family Health Team Center was badly damaged on the evening of December 11 when an individual walked through the front doors.

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Huron OPP says the driver then backed up and turned around to do the same at the emergency entrance of Alexandra Marine and General Hospital. An ambulance was on the way and no damage occurred to the hospital.

Captured on video by hospital surveillance and observed by a citizen, the incident is still under investigation by Huron OPP. No one had been identified as of December 14.

In a news release, the Ontario Provincial Police said that after the heavy-duty pickup truck reversed into the clinic’s front entrance doors, the driver was last seen moving toward the west on rue Montcalm towards rue Victoria Nord.

The suspect vehicle is described as a three-quarter ton blue or green Ford pickup truck with Ontario agricultural license plates attached. The truck also has a row of amber lights on top.

Investigators are hoping someone will recognize the vehicle to help resolve the collision.

According to Matt Hoy, general manager of the Maitland Valley Family Health Team, the incident happened around 5:30 p.m.

Police and city staff were contacted immediately and the building was secured shortly after the incident.

Suspect vehicle from Saturday’s incident. Submitted jpg, GS

Municipally owned and insured, the municipal administration is in the process of repairing the damage to the main entrance.

According to city staff, the estimated replacement cost is approximately $10,000. Goderich CAO Janice Hallahan said she hopes most of that sum will be covered by insurance.

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“It’s an incredibly expensive repair because we just replaced those doors a year ago,” she added.

A recommendation to find replacement funds from reserve funds if insurance does not cover the full cost was submitted for consideration by the Goderich board.

Hoy said the new doors have already been ordered but will take more than three months to replace, due to a shortage of parts.

“Staff at the medical center are understandably upset, not only because of the damage done to their workplace, but also because we don’t know if the Maitland Valley Family Health Team was targeted,” he said. he declares.

“Fortunately no one was in the building at the time.”

At the December 13 council meeting in Goderich, Hoy, who also serves the community as a council member, asked the administration to investigate and consider installing surveillance cameras on all buildings. from the city. This would not only contribute to the safety of city assets, but also the safety of personnel.