Fantastic how strong the concrete utility poles are made these days. Strange, I always though they designed to shear off if hit by a car to minimize damage on impact.
MISSISSAUGA – A sports car was crushed and shredded after smashing into a pole as it approached a speed trap in Streetsville Friday morning.
But the five young men inside the Ford Mustang managed to survive the horrific high-speed crash, which is now being probed by Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU).
“It’s hard to imagine that was ever a car,” area resident Derrick Stacey said Friday, looking at the wreckage on Eglinton Ave. W., just east of Mississauga Rd.
Stacey arrived home shortly after the collision — which happened at 10:45 a.m. — so he didn’t see what happened. But he said it’s quite common for motorists to speed along the stretch of Eglinton.
Stacey said it’s not uncommon to see drivers travelling 100 km/h in the 60 km/h zone.
It’s believed the blue sports car was heading eastbound at a high rate of speed when it struck a light standard near Hewick’s Lane.
The passenger’s side of the convertible was demolished.
Jasmin Ahmad was inside her home just steps from the crash site and rushed outside after hearing “a really loud bang … a really loud, thunderous sound.”
Some of her neighbours were already helping the five men by the time she arrived outside.
Ahmad, who was stunned to learn nobody was killed in the crash, said three of the occupants were able to exit the vehicle on their own and then help their two friends who were trapped.
“They actually took the car apart to get the other two guys out,” she recalled, adding the five were “shaken up.”
And amazingly everyone remained conscious.
Ahmad said two of the youths were on the grass, badly hurt and being helped by bystanders as they waited for paramedics to arrive.
“One couldn’t move his arms,” she said. “He was bleeding from his head and there was blood all over.
“The other one, same thing, but his leg was pretty badly mangled,” Ahmad said, adding both were in obvious pain but they were talking.
She said the occupants appeared to be in their early 20s.
Ahmad said landscapers working on her property told her it appeared the Mustang’s driver spotted an officer conducting radar up ahead, tried to slow down to avoid getting caught and lost control.
Other residents also claimed there was an officer with a radar gun looking for leadfoots from behind a nearby evergreen tree at the time of the crash.
Peel Regional Police refused to comment on the collision because the SIU is investigating.
But the provincial police watchdog, which probes all serious injuries or death involving cops, confirmed an officer was “conducting a radar speed check” in the vicinity when the crash occurred.
“The officer had stopped a vehicle, when another vehicle drove past and collided with a pole,” SIU spokesman Jasbir Brar said.
0 details in this report. No names of victims, hospitals, police officers – all vague generalities. Once more I ask, is this the reporting people are comfortable with in 2014 – no information at all?