© Star photo by Gary Kean
There wasn't much water on O'Connell Drive, but enough to cause a pickup truck headed up the hill to hydroplane and tumble over the steep grassy bank on the right Saturday afternoon.
CORNER BROOK — There wasn’t a lot of water and he says he wasn’t speeding, but Ian Glashan went for a nasty spill after losing control of his truck on a Corner Brook street Saturday afternoon.
The city resident had just left Margaret Bowater Park and said he was only doing around 30 km/hr after crossing the Corner Brook Stream bridge when he drove into some pooled water.
He said his pickup truck hydroplaned and quickly veered to the right towards a steep, grassy embankment when he lost control. The truck rolled over down the bank and landed, right-side up, on the walking trail at the bottom of the hill.
“If the hill wasn’t there, I wouldn’t have rolled,” said Glashan, who was shaken, but was physically OK after being checked out by paramedics who responded to the accident.
He just couldn’t believe that it happened under those relatively benign conditions.
“I’ve been in a small fender-bender before, but never an accident like that,” he said.
He compared the accident to losing control after hitting black ice.
“I think people need to be really aware of water and watch out for even small pools on the road,” said Glashan.
Glashan, who was the lone occupant of the truck, is lucky he never left the road a little further up the hill, since that would have meant a far more dramatic roll over the bigger hill.
“If that happened further up that hill, I would have rolled a lot more times,” he said.”I was lucky.”
It was also fortunate that no one was hurt on the walking trail below as the truck came unexpectedly hurtling over the bank.