18-wheeler crashes into Alabama Robotics Technology Park, catches fire

Decatur Fire & Rescue said the truck driver only received minor injuries in the wreck.

Posted: May 22, 2019 6:10 AM
Updated: May 22, 2019 8:36 PM

UPDATE (6:50 a.m.):

Calhoun Community College said the wreck happened at the Phase Three building at the Alabama Robotics Technology Park. 

The 18-wheeler caught fire shortly after it crashed into the side of the Alabama Robotics Technology Park on Tuesday night. The 18-wheeler caught fire shortly after it crashed into the side of the Alabama Robotics Technology Park on Tuesday night.

The fire damaged part of the building that houses classrooms and the lobby. College officials said all classes in that building are cancelled for the rest of the week "because of the crash and the investigation." This affects the FAME classes.

FAME (Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education) classes will now meet in Calhoun’s Advanced Technology Center (ATC) until further notice. For more information, please contact Terry Patterson, Calhoun’s coordinator for advanced manufacturing collaborative programs at 256-306-2915 or email at terry.patterson@calhoun.edu

The college "will have more updates later in the week about rescheduling and relocating affected classes."

It’s unclear when students will be allowed back into building or how much it will cost to make repairs. Crews are continuing to clean up and this is an ongoing investigation.

ORIGINAL STORY:

The Alabama Robotics Technology Park will need repairs after an 18-wheeler crashed into the side of the facility late Tuesday night.

Decatur Fire & Rescue said that wreck happened around 11:45 p.m.

When the 18-wheeler hit the building, it caught fire, which spread to the building.

Fire officials said the truck driver only had minor injuries and did not require transportation to the hospital. 

The cause of the wreck is under investigation. No one was inside the building at the time of the wreck.

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