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No fatalities after scary Main St. crash

Two pickups collide, triggering more mayhem

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Emergency crews survey the aftermath of a dangerous motor vehicle accident at the corner of Main Street and Alfred Avenue late Friday evening.

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Emergency crews survey the aftermath of a dangerous motor vehicle accident at the corner of Main Street and Alfred Avenue late Friday evening. Photo Store

The amount of twisted metal and piles of broken glass suggested otherwise, but luckily no one was killed following a horrific crash in the North End Friday night.

At approximately 11:30 p.m., two pickup trucks collided near the corner of Main Street and Alfred Avenue. A Ford F-150 was headed south at a high rate of speed when it struck a Chevrolet S10, which had just turned onto Main from Aberdeen Avenue.

The black F-150 then careened off the Chevy, lost control and jumped onto the sidewalk, narrowly missing a bus shelter, a light standard and two large trees on the corner before smashing into a small used car dealer lot, mangling the chain-link fence that surrounds the business.

When the chaos finally came to an end, the F-150 was flipped over and resting on top of some parked cars in the lot. Eight other cars in the lot were also damaged, and a fire hydrant was ripped from the ground.

Dozens of onlookers immediately arrived and watched emergency crews remove the people from the truck moments after the accident.

The scene was something out of a video game, one witness said.

"It was like Grand Theft Auto or like from a movie," a man who didn't want to be identified said Friday night. "It all happened so fast. And it was loud. I can't believe no one was killed on the street. Look at this mess."

"He must have been going pretty fast to get up (on top of the other cars) like that," another person suggested.

City police eventually cleared the gathering of people from an adjacent parking lot just north of the scene due to the threat of a gasoline leak.

Police had the southbound section of Main between Logan Avenue and Burrows Avenue closed throughout the night. The yellow tape finally came down Saturday morning.

The two people in the Chevy, a 46-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman, were taken to hospital in stable condition. Another woman, a 44-year-old passenger in the F-150, was also transported to hospital in stable condition.

The driver of the Ford, a 58-year-old man, was taken to hospital in critical condition but was later upgraded to stable.

Police say both speed and alcohol are believed to be factors in the crash.

 

adam.wazny@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 22, 2013 A5

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