Speed factor in Portage Ave. crash that sent two to hospital
Published Sunday, July 15, 2012 9:47AM CST
Last Updated Monday, July 16, 2012 10:51AM CST
Police said speeding is a factor in a crash that closed down Portage Avenue and Berry Street Sunday morning and sent two people to hospital.
The crash happened just after 8:30 a.m Saturday. A car and an SUV collided at the intersection, sending one vehicle over the median.
Emergency crews had to remove the roof of one vehicle to extract a man, who was then rushed to hospital in serious condition.
Trevor Mcfarlane lives nearby and woke to a loud bang when the crash happened. “I jumped about a foot off my bed waking up this morning,” he said Saturday.
He said the white SUV struck the car, then continued past it into a business on Portage. “He smashed him so hard he took out this light pole and ripped the pole right off the bolts at the end,” he said. “The guy must have been going crazy fast when he hit him.”
The witness said he's lucky another pole obstructed his home, “If it wasn’t for the pole here, who knows. It could have been the end of me."
On Monday, police said an investigation showed a GMC Acadia had been heading eastbound on Portage Avenue "at a high rate of speed." It then hit a Honda Accord stopped at a red light, causing it to flip.
Police said the 42-year-old driver of the Accord was listed in serious but stable condition, while the 21-year-old male driver of the Acadia sustained minor injuries.
Officers said charges are pending in the investigation.
Police have closed off the intersection of Portage Avenue and Berry Street after a serious crash sent this SUV sailing into a nearby business. (Photo courtesy of Shaun McLeod)
Police have closed traffic in all directions at Portage Avenue and Berry after a serious crash. (Photo provided by Shaun McLeod)