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.
Following vehicle stabilization & patient care, #vfrs units are clearing scene however Hornby remains closed for @vancouverpd investigation. Please avoid area. pic.twitter.com/ZidYk3CjVj
"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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A crash in downtown Vancouver on Tuesday morning shut down traffic on Helmcken Street, and sent multiple people to hospital, according to Vancouver Police.
The vehicle struck several pedestrians and crashed into a federal immigration office located at 1148 Hornby Street.
VPD Sgt. Aaron Roed told Daily Hive that police were notified just before 9:30 am of a vehicle “which ended up hitting a building” at 1148 Hornby Street.
“There have been four people injured and all have been transported to local hospitals for treatment,” said Roed.
As a result, Hornby Street – between Helmcken and Davie Street – is currently closed to traffic including the bike lane, while police continue their investigation.