POLICE BEAT: Van collides with power pole

A red Dodge Caravan hit a hydro pole in the 3900 block of South Island Highway

  • Dec. 6, 2011 3:00 p.m.

A van hit a power pole in Stories Beach around 1:30 p.m. on Sunday causing a power outage to the area.

According to RCMP patrol officer Peter Wise, a red Dodge Caravan hit a hydro pole in the 3900 block of South Island Highway, near Lynnwood Road. The pole was still standing upright, but askew, with wires hanging down, trapping the van occupants.

“There was no means to stop it or anything, so the full force went to the hydro pole,” said Wise. “It was quite interesting – (the pole was) kind of lopped sideways and dropped into the ditch but still was vertical, so because of the danger to everybody around, hydro was shut off.”

The driver had two family members as passengers in the van, and all three were safely removed from the vehicle once the power was turned off. They were taken to hospital and treated for minor injuries.

Investigation revealed the collision was caused by “medical” circumstances of the driver.

Hydro was out from about 2:15-5:45 p.m. for about 2000 customers in the area, according to BC Hydro.

Rear-ended on 16th Avenue

RCMP responded to a two vehicle collision on 16th Avenue at 11:18 a.m. on Thursday. A Campbell River man driving a Volkswagen rear-ended a Chrysler Sedan. The driver of the Chrysler, a 53-year-old woman, was transported to hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The driver of the Volkswagen was issued a violation ticket for following too close.