A semi-trailer truck hauling pulp smashed into two businesses in the small village of Glaslyn, demolishing a service station, and a tire shop that also serves as the local coffee row hangout. The driver was taken to hospital with injuries and no one else was hurt.

The spectacular crash left people pondering what would have happened if there had been customers in the shop.

"It's unusual that nobody was there at that time," said Jerry Kuhmayer, a regular of the shop, called Wally's. "Because usually at that time, there could be anywhere from two to six, eight guys."

The tire shop owner's son was in the back of the store, and wasn't injured.

According to RCMP, speed may have been a factor in the crash.

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A storage shed caught fire after a semi-trailer crashed into buildings in the village of Glaslyn. The driver was taken to hospital in serious condition. (Submitted to CBC)

Kuhmayer says semi trucks regularly drive through Glaslyn. 

"It's a 50 kilometre zone, and they're going 75 kilometres an hour past my store," he said.

Kuhmayer would like to see more traffic enforcement in the area.

"It's been an ongoing problem, entering Glaslyn," says Kuhmayer. "Wally, the owner of the tire shop, has phoned in numerous times about semis speeding through Glaslyn into town."

Police say the 43-year-old semi driver was taken to hospital, and is in serious but stable condition.

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People say it was fortunate no one was in the coffee shop at the time of the crash. (Submitted to CBC)

There was a fire in a storage building, which was put out by the Glaslyn and Turtleford Fire departments.

RCMP said the driver, a 43-year-old man from Edmonton was in serious but stable condition in hospital.

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