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Car lands under truck on Springfield

An accident on Springfield saw firefighters removing a man from his car with the jaws of life, according to witnesses. - contributed
An accident on Springfield saw firefighters removing a man from his car with the jaws of life, according to witnesses.
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A driver in medical distress lost control on Springfield Road today hitting a power pole and lodging his car under a parked truck.

The 79-year-old man from Kaleden was travelling down Springfield Road around noon, lost control of his car, hit a power pole and landed in the driveway of a home at 2989 Springfield Road, just past Hollywood Road North.

"According to the people on site, the old man could have had a seizure and lost control of his car right in the curve on his way down the hill," said Pierre Paris, who happened on the scene in the immediate aftermath and shot pictures to submit to the paper.

RCMP spokesperson Steve Holmes confirmed the driver does have a problem medical history and lost control as the result of medical issues. The brown Buick sedan crossed into the oncoming lane before coming to a stop going faster than the 60 km/hr. speed limit, but did not hit anyone else.

Paris stated he believes the jaws of life were used to extract the man from his car, which sustained major damage.

jsmith@kelownacapnews.com

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