Crash lands car on tracks

The downtown Askew’s grocery store experienced unwanted excitement Saturday morning.

Destruction: This vehicle belonging to an Askew’s employee ended up on the railway tracks after being struck in the parking lot by another vehicle on Saturday

Destruction: This vehicle belonging to an Askew’s employee ended up on the railway tracks after being struck in the parking lot by another vehicle on Saturday

The downtown Askew’s grocery store experienced unwanted excitement Saturday morning.

About 8:10 a.m. on Jan. 2, just after the store opened, a car is reported to have travelled down Shuswap Street, crossed Lakeshore Drive without stopping and slammed into three vehicles in the Askew’s parking lot.

One of the cars was pushed through the chain- link fence and onto the railway tracks.

Steve Reid, manager at Askew’s, said he was amazed no people were struck.

“It was lucky nobody got killed,” he remarked Monday. “It pretty much destroyed three cars.”

Those three vehicles belonged to Askew’s employees, he said.

A police news release states: “The investigation revealed that a male driver had a medical emergency while driving and collided with three parked vehicles. All vehicles suffered extensive damage but there were no injuries directly attributed to the collision itself.”

Reid said it looked like the older man lost consciousness. He helped get him out of the car, as barbed wire was trapping him.

“At least nobody got killed and he wasn’t badly injured. After I opened his door for him, he was able to walk out.”

Unusual as the accident was, it was soon followed by a similar one.

Reid says that just two days later, about 9:15 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 4, another older man is reported to have lost consciousness on Lakeshore, “less than 100 yards” from the first accident.

“He was heading towards Lordco and he hit a parked car in front of Choices,” Reid explains. “They took him away in an ambulance.”

Once again, no bystanders were injured in the crash.