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Truck rolls down Boise airport tarmac, smashes into building

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Repair work is set to being at the Boise Airport after an unattended pickup truck rammed into the outer wall of the building at the height of last year’s busy travel season

According to police reports obtained by BoiseDev, just before Christmas, crews with Alaska Airlines parked a truck near Concourse C and went about their duties. 

The truck, a 1990 white Ford, then rolled backwards 175 feet without a driver or passenger inside and bashed into a cinder block wall.  The tailgate was down on the pickup and hit with enough force to cause damage to both the outer wall and inner drywall.

 Google Earth image, BoiseDev graphic
Google Earth image, BoiseDev graphic

Police photos provided to BoiseDev show several cinder blocks crushed by the tailgate, with a noticeable vertical crack emanating from the area of impact. Inside the building, the drywall is cracked with a portion pushed out. Damage appears to have also extended to a portion of the ceiling.

The incident happened around 6:30 a.m on December 20th. near the tarmac loading area commonly used by Alaska Airlines. The police report says the truck had not been chocked. No charges were filed at the time.

Airport spokesperson Sean Briggs said there were no injuries from the incident, and that costs of the $50,000 in repairs will be charged to the tenant.  

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