Two people are dead, and three are injured following a rush-hour crash in Vancouver where an SUV rolled over and hit a pole.
Two of the three injured are in critical condition, say police.
According to a VPD release, shortly before 5:30 Monday evening, the driver of a white Lexus traveling north on Seymour Street lost control of the vehicle. The driver left the road, struck a large tree and then a lamp post at Davie Street.
The two occupants of the car, one man and one woman, were both killed instantly.
The male, in the driver’s seat, was 68-years-old. The woman, in the passenger seat, was 70-years-old.
In a release Monday morning, the VPD say its investigators, along with the Coroner, are working to determine if any underlying medical conditions were a factor in the incident.
Three pedestrians, all men, were struck by the falling tree and flying debris. All were taken to hospital. One of the men was treated for lacerations while the two others suffered significant injuries, and remain in hospital.
VPD Constable Brian Montague says the fact the crash happened at busy rush hour is disturbing.
“Potentially we could have had three dead pedestrians too. So, to have someone going what appears to be a very excessive speed through a very busy part of the city is frustrating. It’s disappointing.”
Investigators continue to probe the circumstances of the collision, but speed will remain a main factor.
Anyone who witnessed the collision or the events prior to the crash, and has not yet spoken to police, is asked to call the VPD Collision Investigation Unit at 604-717-3012.
The serious accident has forced Vancouver Police to close Davie street at Seymour.
Avoid the area completely on your commute.
3 injured in crash by falling tree, debris. One with minor injuries, two in critical condition.— Simon Little (@simonplittle) August 30, 2016
Police say speed almost definitely a factor. Say crash is extremely frustrating, could easily have been five dead.— Simon Little (@simonplittle) August 30, 2016