Two peo­ple crit­i­cally in­jured when SUV crashes out­side Bar­ton Street church

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - ROSIE-ANN GROVER rgrover@thes­pec.com 905-526-3404 | @RosieSpec

Two peo­ple suf­fered life-threat­en­ing in­juries early Sun­day af­ter a two-ve­hi­cle crash that ended on the steps of an east-end church.

Po­lice say just be­fore 2 a.m., a male and a fe­male in a Chevro­let Trail­blazer were west­bound on Bar­ton Street East in the area of Cope Street when it’s be­lieved they clipped an east­bound Ford Flex with a lone male driver in­side.

Po­lice say the Trail­blazer lost con­trol and flipped, break­ing through the iron gates at 1401 Bar­ton, in front of St. Ni­cholas Ser­bian Or­tho­dox Church.

The driver of the Flex suf­fered mi­nor in­juries, po­lice said. He was taken to hos­pi­tal and later re­leased.

The male and fe­male in the Trail­blazer were taken to hos­pi­tal in crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

“It was a ter­ri­ble ac­ci­dent that hap­pened,” said Ray Djur­de­vic, pres­i­dent of the church board at St. Ni­cholas. “We feel bad for the peo­ple who are in­jured and we pray they get bet­ter.”

Parish­ioners were turned away for the 10 a.m. ser­vice on Sun­day as po­lice had Bar­ton closed off in both di­rec­tions from Ke­nil­worth to Trag­ina av­enues It re­opened nearly 12 hours later.

Three care­tak­ers at the church stood be­hind the po­lice line af­ter the wreck­age was towed away. They swept up dirt and picked up bro­ken pieces of con­crete planters that were taken out with the heavy black fence. Pieces of the man­gled gates were stacked in a pile.

It’s not clear yet what it will cost to re­place the gates, said Djur­de­vic. The church has in­sur­ance and it’s not a con­cern.

“It’s re­pairable,” Djur­de­vic said of the dam­age. “It’s the hu­man in­juries we are con­cerned about.”

Po­lice con­tinue to in­ves­ti­gate. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call Det. Const. Wes Wil­son of the col­li­sion re­con­struc­tion unit at 905546-4755. To do so anony­mously, call Crime Stop­pers at 1-800-2228477.

CATHIE COW­ARD, THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

Po­lice in­ves­ti­gate a crash out­side the St. Ni­cholas Ser­bian Or­tho­dox Church on Bar­ton and Di­vi­sion streets.

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