Friday, July 31, 2009
Tieleman eyewitness to garbage truck crash in downtown Vancouver
Some people say there's a lot of garbage on my blog but today it's literally true.
I've just been an eyewitness to the potentially deadly crash of a garbage truck in downtown Vancouver, at the intersection of Davie and Pacific Boulevard.
I was stopped in my car at the intersection heading west on Pacific when a BFI garbage truck turned left from Davie onto Pacific.
It began to tip over and then crashed on its right side, ending up right next to a bus stop and onto the sidewalk. I immediately called 911 to request ambulance and police to attend.
Fortunately there did not appear to be any pedestrians in the path of the truck, although I could not be sure from my vantage point.
Another witness I spoke to who was on the sidewalk said she did not see anyone there either but police were checking with flashlights underneath the truck when I left after giving them a statement.
The driver was removed from the vehicle by ambulance paramedics and taken to hospital. He was walking but indicated his shoulder was injured and was obviously shaken up.
From my perspective it did not appear that the truck was turning left at undue speed - I was quite surprised to see it tip off as it rounded the corner - but not being a truck driver, I cannot say that with authority.
All in a day's work for an active blogger!