Two taken to hospital after building collapse near 22nd and College Ave

A two-car crash caused part of a building to collapse at 22nd and College Ave. (WTHR Staff)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - A frightening scene at the corner of 22nd Street and College Avenue.

Witnesses said the driver of a work truck ran a red light, hit another car, lost control and plowed into the side of a building.

“I’ve been on almost 18 years, so this is a pretty significant collapse,” said IFD spokesperson Jason Kistler.

Kistler said the collapse was so significant that it buried the truck beneath tons of debris. The second vehicle was crushed by debris.

“It is pretty amazing that people can walk away from something like this, because you see it and you think it looks horrible,” said Kistler.

Five people crawled out of the truck. One was taken to a hospital in serious condition.

The driver of the red car was also taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

“People drive too fast. I don’t know why they are in such a, excuse the expression, a damn hurry. They run from stoplight to stoplight, they pass everybody to get to the stop light,” said Leon Bridges who lives in the area.

Firefighters said the structural integrity of the building was comprised for crews to search for occupants, so search dogs were sent inside. No one else was found. The building’s owner told authorities it’s been vacant for some time.

Demolition crews began tearing down the building. Bridges said it is sad to see the building go.

“An old historic building is gone. It will be like the rest of this corner. They tore everything else down,” said Bridges.

Crews said drivers should avoid the area until further notice.

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