UPDATE: Elderly couple seriously injured in Sudbury Street accident

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An elderly couple was seriously injured in Tuesday’s multi-vehicle accident on Sudbury Street that knocked out power in downtown St. John’s.

In an update provided this afternoon, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary said the male driver, 79, of a van involved in the accident and a 74-year-old female were hospitalized with serious injuries.

The male driver of an antique car also involved in the accident was taken to hospital, as well. Police said he was treated and released.

The three-vehicle accident happened late Tuesday afternoon. The van struck the car from behind, causing the car to spin around and come to a stop after hitting a tree.

The van cracked a utility pole, which grazed a nearby truck. The cracked pole fell on top of the van.

The car had a red rooftop light and was painted black with the words “Highway Patrol” appearing on the trunk. The RNC said the red rooftop light is illegal to use, adding that the car in question was a show car. Unauthorized use of such lights is a chargeable offence under the Highway Traffic Act.

A mechanical inspection will be completed in relation to the accident as part of the ongoing RNC investigation. Police are interested in speaking with people who witnessed the accident.

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Three people were taken to hospital following a dramatic accident on Sudbury Street in St. John’s that caused a power outage in the downtown area Tuesday evening.

According to the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, a truck travelling south on Sudbury Street stopped at a stop sign. A car, which appeared to be an antique police vehicle, was travelling behind the truck when it was reportedly hit by a Dodge Caravan.

The car spun around and eventually came to a stop after hitting a tree, while the van hit and cracked off a power pole. The pole grazed the back of the truck.

 

Two people inside the van — a man and a woman — were not able to get out at first as the pole had fallen on the vehicle. Newfoundland Power was called to the scene to make sure no live wires were attached to it.

Firefighters later used an extraction device to rescue the two people from the vehicle. The woman could be heard screaming before and after she was removed from it.

Police said both people inside the van were sent to hospital with unknown injuries, as was the male driver of the car.

According to firefighters at the scene, the power outage trapped a woman inside an elevator at Atlantic Place on Water Street. She was eventually freed.

 

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— With files from Joe Gibbons

 

Organizations: Newfoundland Power

Geographic location: Sudbury Street, Water Street

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  • John
    May 29, 2013 - 14:38

    Looks like the vehicle that the RCMP did up back in 2009 as a vehicle from the 1960's would look like for their 60th anniversary of operating in our province. It was actually used as a vehicle for normal police service which would entail being used as a highway patrol vehicle.

  • woebegone
    May 29, 2013 - 08:08

    Hmmm, looks like a severely rotted utility pole. City and Power company may have some liability here?