Man seems OK after driving into Corner Brook city hall light pole

Gary Kean
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The police, fire department and ambulance all responded to the scene of this accident at city hall in Corner Brook around midday Saturday.

A call from a vehicle’s OnStar security system sent emergency responders on a hunt for the mishap in Corner Brook around midday Saturday.

Police eventually located the scene, finding a man that had driven his vehicle into the cement base of a light pole in the middle of the Corner Brook city hall parking lot.

“The call came into us via the car’s OnStar system and it told us that a man had struck a light pole,” Sgt. Robert Edwards of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary said at the scene.

The automated emergency message only indicated the car was somewhere within a 400-foot radius of the West Street area, said Edwards, and a search had to be conducted of the area to find the accident.

It didn’t take long to find the man and his badly damaged Chevrolet Trax, with the crossover SUV a little too intimate with the sturdy pole.

Edwards said the man was in his 70s had initially reported not to be injured. However, he did agree to be transported to Western Memorial Regional Hospital by ambulance to be checked out.

The fire department had to clean up spilled fluids from the damaged car that had leaked onto the parking lot.

The investigation into the accident is ongoing, but Edwards said there didn’t appear to be any grounds for laying any sort of charge. The preliminary observation was that the accident may have just been a result of the driver not paying close enough attention to where he was driving.

Steve May, the City of Corner Brook’s director of operational services, was at the scene. His preliminary examination of the struck pole was that it did not seem to have sustained much damage.

Organizations: Western Memorial Regional Hospital

Geographic location: Corner Brook, West Street

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  • Llewellyn
    May 26, 2014 - 08:23

    The epitome of Corner Brook drivers!

  • Chris King
    May 25, 2014 - 13:06

    While at a glance it seems like plain carelessness on the driver's part, the light standard pedestal should be painted a high visibility yellow as is the standard for any parking lot /traffic hazards (i.e. bollards, rails, signs, foundations etc.). The foundation and light pole as it sits is very close to the color of the asphalt and surrounding buildings and it only takes a second of inattention to lose sight of what seems to be an obvious obstacle! Thankfully nobody was hurt here but maybe food for thought for the city staff to remedy before another similar incident occurs.

  • Ryan
    May 25, 2014 - 10:31

    You have to be pretty distracted to not see a light pole, seems to me like he should be retested for his license. Had it been a person he had struck and not a light pole this would have been a completely different news article. Seems to me like wreck less driving could apply here.