Police say the driver of a car that embedded itself under a flat deck trailer most likely would have suffered fatal injuries if the vehicle was not a right hand drive.
While the driver appeared to be unharmed, his exact condition wasn’t known as police said he fled the scene of the Lake Country crash in another vehicle.
The crash happened around 4:40 p.m. on Thursday when the driver of a tractor trailer carrying a mobile home pulled over on Highway 97 near Oceola Road to wait for his pilot vehicle.
“Suddenly a blue Honda coupe, that witnesses advised was traveling at a high rate of speed, slammed into the rear of the trailer, driving underneath and compressing the roof almost down to the body frame,” said Const. Steve Holmes.
Somehow, the driver managed to extricate himself as motorists stopped to help, and responded to offers of first aid with an expletive, said Holmes.
The driver was later picked up by another vehicle, which headed north on Highway 97, before police arrived and found only a small portion of the trunk of the Honda sticking out from beneath the flat deck trailer.
During the ensuring investigation, police measured a 132 foot long skid mark, made by the Honda, which likely indicates it was travelling at a high speed, said Holmes.
Officers on Friday were working to contact the vehicle’s owner in an effort to locate the missing driver.
The driver of the tractor trailer unit, from Prince George, was not injured in the collision.