Car flips

Five women sent to Car­bon­ear Gen­eral

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY BILL BOW­MAN

Five peo­ple made it to the Car­bon­ear Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal per­haps a lit­tle quicker than they ex­pected late last week. And not in the same ve­hi­cle they had left home in. En route, their car left the high­way, over­turned and they ended up hav­ing to com­plete the jour­ney to hos­pi­tal via am­bu­lance.

The five women were trav­el­ling from the Salmon Cove area to the hos­pi­tal in Car­bon­ear re­port­edly to visit an ail­ing rel­a­tive, when the ac­ci­dent oc­curred around 9:30 a.m. July 2 on the Neck Road in Vic­to­ria.

Cst. Greg Francis of Trin­ity Con­cep­tion District RCMP told The Com­pass the five were taken to hos­pi­tal where they were treated for non-life threat­en­ing in­juries and held for ob­ser­va­tion be­fore be­ing re­leased mid Fri­day af­ter­noon.

Cst. Francis, the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer at the ac­ci­dent scene said the car, a red Pon­tiac G5 was headed west along Neck Road when it at­tempted to over­take a west­bound green Chevy Mal­ibu.

Ac­cord­ing to the RCMP spokesman, at the same time the Pon­tiac was at­tempt­ing to pass, the Mal­ibu was at­tempt­ing to make a left hand turn onto a dirt road near a garage. “ The red car col­lided with the green car on the driver’s side and lost con­trol,” Cst. Francis ex­plained.

He said ac­cord­ing to eye­wit­nesses at the scene, the Pon­tiac G5 “flipped a cou­ple of times” in the air be­fore com­ing to rest on the front lawn of a home on the north side of Neck Road - the op­po­site side to where the Chev had been turn­ing. Be­fore com­ing to rest on its roof, the ve­hi­cle also struck a pick-up truck parked in the drive­way and caused ex­ten­sive dam­age to a wooden deck on the west side of the dwelling.

In an on-line com­ment in re­sponse to the Com­pass web­site post­ing of the ac­ci­dent Fri­day, one of the peo­ple who lives in the home the car landed in front of said: “ This hap­pened on my front lawn. I am so glad the oc­cu­pants of the car are ok! What a scary thing to have hap­pen; they are very lucky.”

Mean­while, the po­lice spokesman said the male driver of the Mal­ibu was also the lone oc­cu­pant of that ve­hi­cle. His ve­hi­cle sus­tained “mi­nor dam­age to the front driver’s side.”

The Har­bour Grace Vol­un­teer Fire Bri­gade’s ex­tri­ca­tion team were at the scene. While they didn’t have to use their ex­tri­ca­tion de­vice ( jaws of life), team mem­bers did jack up the rear of the over­turned ve­hi­cle to al­low res­cue crewmem­bers and paramedics to get the peo­ple out of the ve­hi­cle and into am­bu­lances wait­ing to take them to hos­pi­tal.

Asked if speed was a fac­tor in the ac­ci­dent, Cst. Francis said it was too early in their in­ves­ti­ga­tion to say for sure, but “from all ac­counts it ap­pears speed was a fac­tor.”

While he was un­able to say if the over­turned ve­hi­cle would be a “write off,” the po­lice of­fi­cer said it did sus­tain “ex­ten­sive dam­age.”

It was also too early in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion to say if any charges would be laid.

Traf­fic was tied up in the area for most of the morn­ing, while po­lice, fire-fight­ers and paramedics prac­ticed their re­spec­tive pro­fes­sions.

The ac­ci­dent was one of two mishaps re­ported to Trin­ity Con­cep­tion District RCMP Fri­day.

The sec­ond in­ci­dent oc­curred on the Main Road in Makin­sons. Cst. Greg J. Mor­row said, “a sin­gle ve­hi­cle struck and in­jured a nine year old girl, who was rid­ing her bi­cy­cle near the road­way.” Cst. Mor­row said, “the girl suf­fered mi­nor in­juries and was taken to Car­bon­ear Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal and later re­leased.” In­ves­ti­ga­tion into that in­ci­dent is pend­ing.

Bill Bow­man/The Com­pass

CAR FLIPS - This Pon­tiac G5 came to rest on its roof on the front lawn of a house on Neck Road, Vic­to­ria af­ter it “ flipped twice” while fly­ing through the air, ac­cord­ing to eye­wit­nesses. Five women in­side the ve­hi­cle were taken to the Car­bon­ear Gen­eral where they were treated for non-life-threat­en­ing in­juries, ob­served and re­leased Fri­day af­ter­noon, July 2, a few hours af­ter the crash.

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