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Runaway car injures three people in St. John's

Eastern Health paramedics and St. John’s Regional Fire Department firefighters tend to two women on the patio of a house on Goodridge Street in St. John’s Tuesday after a runaway car crashed onto the patio.
Eastern Health paramedics and St. John’s Regional Fire Department firefighters tend to two women on the patio of a house on Goodridge Street in St. John’s Tuesday after a runaway car crashed onto the patio. - Joe Gibbons

Vehicle slips out of gear, crashes onto residential patio

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. —

Three people were taken to hospital in separate ambulances by Eastern Health paramedics after a car slipped out of gear Tuesday afternoon and crashed onto the patio of a house on Goodridge Street in St. John’s.

The vehicle reportedly slipped out of gear on Avalon Street and rolled down the inclined street and crashed into the front patio of a house, injuring two women who were sitting in lawn chairs.

The runaway car injured both women, and pinned one of them against the wall of the house.

Witnesses said the owner of the car chased after the vehicle in an attempt to stop it, but he was hit by the car and pinned against a post on the front landing of the adjacent home. He was immediately freed by first responders upon their arrival and rushed to hospital with undetermined injuries.

Other first responders worked on the two women, immobilizing them and wheeling both to separate ambulances for transport to hospital. The extent of their injuries is unknown.

The woman pinned against the house had visible cuts to her head, while the second woman clutched her head while her husband comforted her as paramedics and firefighters tended to the first woman. Their injuries weren’t believed to be life-threatening, as both were conscious while being wheeled to the ambulances.

A number of RNC and St. John’s Regional Fire Department vehicles were on the scene as well, and the street was closed for about an hour as paramedics tended to the women and as officers with the RNC street patrol, accident investigation and forensic identification units began their investigation into the incident.


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