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.
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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."
#VanTraffic All lanes of Hornby street, including the bike lane, are currently closed between Helmcken and Davie, as police investigate a motor vehicle accident.
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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Four people are hurt after a car flipped over while apparently trying to reverse park in downtown Vancouver, police say
None of the injuries are life-threatening, but police say four people – including two pedestrians – were seriously hurt
VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Four people are hurt after a bizarre crash in downtown Vancouver Tuesday morning.
“There have been four people injured and all have been transported to local hospitals for treatment,” said Roed.
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.
“There was damage to the front window as well as structural damage to the building — unknown [to what extent] that is,” Sgt. Aaron Roed explains.
Two people inside the car and two pedestrians were hurt in the crash, and police say their injuries are serious, but not life-threatening at this time. No one in the immigration office was hurt.
“It is a serious accident, but is also very peculiar in the way that it unfolded and ended up on its roof. It’s not something we see everyday,” Sgt. Roed says, adding it’s unclear just how fast the car was going when it flipped. “I’m surprised that more people weren’t hurt.”
The Vancouver Police Department said all lanes of traffic on Hornby between Davie and Helmcken were closed, including the bike lane, as the investigation took place.
Following vehicle stabilization & patient care, #vfrs units are clearing scene however Hornby remains closed for @vancouverpd investigation. Please avoid area. pic.twitter.com/ZidYk3CjVj
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