The driver of a garbage truck narrowly escaped after a large concrete beam fell and landed on the cab of his truck at Coquitlam Centre Mall today.
The truck was crushed by the massive beam, but officials say the driver managed to climb out of the vehicle and was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
RCMP say the truck driver arrived at the mall around 8:30 a.m. PT to pick up garbage bins.
As he exited the garbage area, he drove forward, forgetting that the back-end of truck was still up.
The truck collided with the beam overhead, causing it to fall.
Paramedics say the driver called 911 himself from inside the truck before climbing out of the vehicle.
Police, fire, ambulance and Work Safety BC are on site assessing both the truck and the beam.
Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart was one of many officials who rushed to the scene.
"I am looking at a cab that doesn't have any room left in it... and I think we are blessed with luck today," he said. "I am hopeful that tomorrow we will look back and say how much worse it could have been."
The Coquitlam Centre Mall remains open, although the West entrance to the mall is closed.