Drivers are being warned to avoid Hornby near Davie Street in downtown Vancouver due to a vehicle rollover. HANDOUT / VANCOUVER FIRE / PNG
Four people are in hospital in stable condition following a rollover collision in downtown Vancouver on Tuesday morning.
The single-vehicle incident took place around 9:30 a.m. in the 1100-block of Hornby Street, between Davie and Helmcken.
Vancouver police say it looks like a woman was trying to park her black Honda Accord in the area of Hornby and Davie streets, when she hit the gas while backing into a stall. The car somehow flipped over, and then hit the building at 1148 Hornby Street, which houses Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
On arrival, first responders found a vehicle flipped onto its roof and resting on the sidewalk. While it’s unclear how the vehicle flipped, Sgt. Aaron Roed said the vehicle also hit a building and injured three pedestrians.
Two pedestrians were taken to hospital, along with the driver and a passenger from the vehicle, said Roed.
B.C. Emergency Health spokeswoman Shannon Miller confirmed five ambulances were sent to the scene, treating several pedestrians. Miller said all four patients taken to hospital were in stable condition.
As a result, Vancouver police closed all lanes on Hornby between Davie and Helmcken, including the bike lane, for some time as investigators probe the crash scene and tow the vehicle.
VANCOUVER, B.C.: OCT. 8, 2019 – A vehicle has rolled over on Hornby Street between Davie and Helmcken in downtown Vancouver, B.C. on Oct. 8, 2019. HANDOUT / VANCOUVER FIRE / PNG
#VanTraffic All lanes of Hornby street, including the bike lane, are currently closed between Helmcken and Davie, as police investigate a motor vehicle accident.
Following vehicle stabilization & patient care, #vfrs units are clearing scene however Hornby remains closed for @vancouverpd investigation. Please avoid area. pic.twitter.com/ZidYk3CjVj
As a result, Hornby Street – between Helmcken and Davie Street – is currently closed to traffic including the bike lane, while police continue their investigation.
Four people were seriously hurt in a bizarre crash Tuesday morning when a reversing car flipped over and crashed into a building in downtown Vancouver, police say.
The driver was trying to back their Honda Accord into a parking spot along Hornby Street when the car jumped the bike lane and sidewalk just before 9:30 a.m. PT. The vehicle flipped and hit several pedestrians before coming to rest on its roof outside the building.
Police said two pedestrians and two people inside the vehicle — the driver and a passenger — were taken to hospital. Sgt. Aaron Roed said the injuries are serious, but not life-threatening.
An initial statement said three pedestrians had been hurt, but Roed later said the third pedestrian only accompanied another person to hospital and was not treated for injuries.
The building houses a federal immigration office. No one inside the centre was hurt, but glass from the front windows was shattered.
Ron Langevin was one of several people walking down the sidewalk when he heard the car coming and ran behind one of the building's brick pillars to get out of the way.
"The car just stopped, right there [in front of me]," Langevin said. "I was pretty startled. Everyone was just rushing all over the place."
Officer Roed said it was not immediately clear how quickly the vehicle was travelling backward or how the crash happened.
"We don't see this type of accident every day … we are glad that nobody was killed," Roed said.
Hornby Street, a one-way street that includes a bike lane, was closed for several hours between Helmcken and Davie streets as police investigated. The road and bike lane have since reopened.
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