A 24 year old woman was taken to hospital with what police describe as "multiple serious injuries," after the truck in which she was riding smashed into a building in northwest Edmonton early Thursday.
Edmonton police spokesman Scott Pattison said the driver of the vehicle is believed to have been impaired.
The collision happened at around 2:30 a.m.
Eddie Pietrzyk was drinking coffee at the 7/11 at the corner of 127th Street and 127th Avenue when he saw the black GMC Sierra pickup mount a high cement curb, go through a metal barrier along the sidewalk and barrel into the front of a two storey building.
The front of the truck was smashed and an imprint of the barricade could be seen in the truck's grill. Glass and debris littered the sidewalk.
Pietrzyk went over to the truck and saw the male driver, whom he estimated was under the age of 30, and a female passenger moving, but he said they were not making any noise and their eyes were shut.
Firefighters were soon on scene and removed the victims from the vehicle, he said.
"I was grateful they were alive," he said.
The intersection reopened to traffic at about 9:15 a.m.