Mayor Svante Myrick says the front of the building that houses Simeon's on the Commons was removed using a "controlled demolition" earlier this evening so a tractor trailer that slammed into the Downtown Ithaca building could be extracted. One person was killed and several more injured this afternoon when the truck carrying cars was unable to slow down enough to make a turn onto Aurora Street and crashed into Simeon's at about 4:10 on Friday.
IPD officer Jamie Williamson and Mayor Svante Myrick speak to media late Friday afternoon. 14850 Photo."Very little solace to be found, but lots of inspiration," said Mayor Myrick this evening. "Inspiration in the form of our police, fire, EMS, DPW, and County agency employees who are performing exemplary." First responders on the scene extinguished a small fire in the restaurant's bar area as rescuers helped to evacuate the building.
City crews have removed a portion of the building's facade so the truck could be safely extracted. Photo courtesy Deborah Mohlenhoff.City officials say a crane was used to remove part of the 143-year-old brick building's facade so the truck could be safely removed without risk of further collapse. Mayor Myrick says the cars on the truck's trailer were being removed shortly before 11pm, after which the trailer would be towed away.
The Mayor says Jerry Dietz of CSP Management, a local property management firm, had found places to stay for displaced building residents, and both Viva Taqueria and Collegetown Bagels had provided food and drinks for crews on the scene of the horrific incident.
City officials have confirmed the one fatality in the accident was a female employee at Simeon's, but the woman's identity has not been released at this time.
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