Damage

The Phase 3 building of the Alabama Robotics Technology Park in Decatur was damaged May 21 when the driver of a semitractor-trailer lost control and crashed into the building on U.S. 31.

Classes at a Robotics Technology Park building damaged last month by a semitractor-trailer will be back in full swing next week according to a press release from Alabama Industrial Development Training.

The incident occurred the night of May 21. A preliminary investigation reveals the collision was caused because the driver of the truck fell asleep. No mechanical issues with the vehicle were identified, according to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.

“The crash and subsequent fire caused damage to the facility,” the release said. “After extensive reviews with the original architects and structural engineers, we are pleased to announce that the majority of the building has been cleared for use again.”

Disaster recovery services will continue on site for the next few weeks and reconstruction of the front part of the building will proceed on schedule with a full release of the structure back to AIDT and the Robotics Technology Park by August.

FAME Classes, that had been indefinitely on hold, are now back up and students have been notified. All classes that were being held in the Phase 3 facility will be in full swing effective Monday.

“We are pleased that, after careful inspection, we can resume classes with minimal interruption just a little over two weeks after the crash,” said Kristi Bain, AIDT assistant director for North Alabama. “That is a testimony to not only the original design of the building, but also the dedication of our staff here at AIDT and the disaster recovery services provided by our contractors.”

The Alabama Robotics Training Park is an Alabama Department of Commerce/AIDT training facility. Consisting of three distinct buildings, the $80-million-dollar park is a one-of-a-kind destination for advanced robotics training in Alabama and the United States.