Saturday, June 8, 2013

Local News

No Coughing Matter  

Elderly driver hits pole in front of ICBC Claim Centre 

Staff/Voice photos


BC Ambulance paramedics help the driver of pickup truck involved in a crash into the ambulance Thursday afternoon.


ometimes accidents happen in strange places. At around 2 p.m. on Thursday, a late model Dodge pickup truck travelling east on Chilliwack Central near Young Rd., somehow left the pavement and slammed into a wooden power pole in front of the Insurance Corporation of BC claims center.

Power lines didn't appear to be affected by the impact, but telephone cables were knocked down.

Thankfully the elderly driver didn't appear to be seriously injured and walked away from the twisted vehicle under his own head of steam.

He was treated at the scene by BC Ambulance Service paramedics for minor cuts to his face.

City of Chilliwack firefighters disabled the vehicle's engine to avoid fire.

At one point the driver was overheard at the scene saying he had a coughing fit which caused him to swerve into the pole. The driver already had a cigarette in his mouth by the time he left the ambulance and walked back to his vehicle.


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