Friday, June 19, 2015

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The Big Crunch

Police and emergency crews taxed by cavalcade of vehicle accidents

Staff/Voice photos


RCMP sort out what happened on Prairie Central Rd. Below a tangle of live hydro lines above the overturned pickup truck.


t was a Black Friday on Chilliwack roads as vehicles smashed and bashed into each other from one end of the city to the other.


The carnage began around noon when an accident on Luckakuck Way pinned a woman inside the vehicle. A medevac was brought in to airlift her to hospital. There is no word at this time on her condition.

The "big crunch" continued into the evening hours. At 5 p.m., a young pedestrian was clipped by a vehicle in the 5000-block of Vedder Rd. The youngster suffered minor ankle injuries.

At 6:20 p.m., a cyclist was hit on Yale Rd. at Charles St. Reports were the man got back up on his bike and rode away and was nowhere to be seen by the time first responders were on the scene.

A few minutes later, at around 6:30 p.m., emergency crews were called to the 47000-block of Prairie Central Road where a pick-up truck had flipped into a power pole. Prairie Central remained closed for hours as BC Hydro crews were brought in to replace the pole and lines.

The driver scrambled out to safety but the truck was in a precarious position under the live hydro lines. Fire crews shut down the road as police investigated. BC Hydro crews were eventually on-scene, however the electricity service in the area wasn't affected. It's not known if alcohol or distracted driving were a factor in the crash.

At 7 p.m., there were reports of a 3-vehicle MVI on Vedder Rd. Luckily, there were no injuries in that incident.

An MVI hit and run was reported at 7:40 p.m. No injuries.


Police were called to Vernon Dr around 10:30 p.m. after reports that there was a hit and run at a complex where the neighbours are feuding. No other information is available on this.

Just after 11 p.m., reports filtered in about a pedestrian hit and run at Watson Rd and Vedder Rd. As it turned out, it was an MVI with minor injuries.


When asked ICBC how many crashes occurred on Friday, media spokesperson, Adam Grossman told The Voice Saturday that RCMP may have the "ancedotal" data.


"We don't have crash data anywhere near that current but they may at least be able to give you an anecdotal report," said Grossman.


Please note that all of the information here has not been confirmed by ICBC or RCMP. At this point, we're waiting to hear back from ICBC.


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