Monday, September 24, 2012

Major Damage follows Mid-Morning Collision #yyj @Vicpdcanada

File # 12-38065
Monday, September 24, 2012

Victoria BC – VicPD Patrol officers are investigating a mid-morning collision Sunday that resulted in major property damage.

Numerous 911 calls were received at approximately 11:30 am yesterday after two vehicles collided in the intersection of Douglas and Chatham Streets. Although initial reports were conflicting, officers arrived to find a 2008 Ford Ranger, driven by a 19-year-old Saanich man, had sheared off a fire hydrant and portions of the handrail near Paul’s Motor Inn. Neither the driver nor his 19-year-old passenger were injured.

Due to the fact that the fire hydrant had been sheared off, numerous businesses in the area sustained flooding.

Although there were conflicting reports, preliminary examination of the scene suggest that the 2010 Nissan Altima, driven by a 73-year-old Victoria man, traveling southbound on Douglas Street, may have gone through the red light and collided with the Ford Ranger. Neither the driver of the Altima or his 79-year-old passenger received injures.

A 67-year-old pedestrian was injured during the collision, but officers and hospital staff were unable to determine if his minor injuries were due to the sheared off fire hydrant or the truck. VicPD’s CRASH analyst team was called to the scene to assist.

The intersection was closed for several hours as investigators mapped out the scene in order to determine exactly what had occurred.

No charges have been laid as officers are waiting for the full analysis of the evidence.

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