Unusual accident damages vehicles, business
Three taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, say police
Those impacted by an unusual vehicle accident in Bay Roberts at about mid-morning on May 21 were grateful that no one was seriously injured.
Just before 11 a.m., a Malibu sedan travelling along the Conception Bay Highway in the direction of Spaniard’s Bay went out of control and crashed into a parked pickup truck at the side of J. W. Parsons Ltd., a furniture and appliance store that has operated in the town for 43 years.
The impact pitched the rear portion of the heavy duty Ford pickup into the building, sending glass, dust and ranges flying through the air inside.
The Malibu was being driven by a female resident of Shearstown in her mid-40s. Her two children — a female in her mid-teens and a young boy under 10 years-of-age — were also in the car.
All three were taken to hospital, but police say there were no visible injuries.
An investigation is ongoing, but police believe the loss of control may have been the result of a “medical event.”
The owner of the business, John Parsons Jr., his wife Dawn and their five-year-old son Jonathan were inside the store at the time, and were lucky to escape injury.
John said they were discussing plans for Jonathan’s upcoming sixth birthday when the accident occurred.
“We’re just thankful everybody left here breathing,” John stated.
The Malibu left the road about 50 metres before it finally crashed into the truck. It first crossed the parking lot of Sergio’s Pizza, smashed through a luminated road sign, narrowly missing a utility pole and a larger commercial sign. It then continued across the parking lot of Country Delight, smashed into a fence, rolled across the front lawn of John Parsons Sr., who started the furniture store in 1969, and barrelled into the pickup.
Both the Malibu and the pickup sustained significant damage. A third vehicle, a Ford Ranger, was also clipped in the chaos.
The incident will mean a loss of business and income for the owners of the family run business, but John Jr. said he will reopen as soon as possible.
“We survived the flood of (Tropical Storm) Chantal that cost us about $70,000 in damage, we’ve gotten over break-ins, and we’re going survive this,” John Jr. said.
“Again, I’m just glad no one was hurt.”
John believes that since the pickup absorbed most of the impact, it may have prevented greater damage to the building, and perhaps injuries to members of his family. The solid construction of the building was also a factor, he added.
“This is all very traumatizing, especially since our lives revolve around this place right here. I hate to think how this may have played out had this happened a minute earlier when we were walking outside here.”
The aftermath of an unusual vehicle accident at J. W. Parsons Ltd, in Bay Roberts on Tuesday, May 21.
(left) This photo illustrates the path the Malibu took before impacting the Ford pickup, propelling it into the side of the building.