Driver arrested after semi crashes into Fife office building

FIFE, Wash. -- A trucker was arrested Wednesday for reckless driving after he nearly killed a 10-year-old girl and her mother in a horrific accident that ended inside an office building.

Police say the semi-truck blew through a red light and t-boned a minivan carrying a mother and her child. Both vehicles crashed into an office building, leaving glass and debris everywhere.

"A screeching, kind of loud rumbling and the building was starting to shake. It was getting louder, and then it was impact," said witness Jada Wood.

Workers inside the building rushed outside and tried to help the little girl who was pinned inside the minivan.

"I'm pretty sure she was unconscious and when she became conscious she was hysterical," Wood said.

Fire officials were able to remove the girl and both she and her mother were taken to a local hospital. The driver of the semi-truck was arrested for reckless driving.

The owner of the office building, a woman named Donna, arrived at work just moments after the crash.

"Angels were looking over me today," Donna said. "I saw the semi truck jack-knifed and I said, 'That looks like the semi is in my office.'"

Donna said it's not uncommon for large trucks to speed down the road outside her office.

"Oh, I've had that fear many a time, many a time. Especially when they slam on the brakes and the whole building shakes. I think, oh one of these times they're going to come through my office. And it did, it did," she said.

The crash knocked power out for much of the area, but crews have since restored most of it.

The semi is registered to a California-based company called Aggressive Transport. Company officials refused to comment on the crash.

The driver, whose name has not been released, will make his first court appearance on Thursday.
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