The wreckage is gone, but evidence remains of a horrific truck crash.
A concrete staircase ripped apart, a tree torn out of the ground.
This is just some of the damage left behind by Thursday’s horrific crash.
Typical busy traffic on Victoria’s Douglas Street.
This surveillance video captured by a camera mounted on the Red Lion Inn.
But watch the truck to the left of the screen.
It stops just seconds before the moment of impact.
Randy Eckert of the Saferway Driver Training School says it’s a miracle the driver survived.
“I would say that he’s very lucky to be alive. The tree itself, I mean, the branches could have come through the window. The shrapnel of all the concrete, and everything, blowing up around it.”
On Thursday morning, Eckert and a student driver were in their vehicle on Douglas Street.
They had just passed the truck moments before it crashed.
“He looked quite normal coming the other direction. It would never have indicated there was any problem whatsoever with the vehicle or the operator that we could have seen.”
The truck drifts across four lanes of trafffc, picking up speed as it shears through the tree, before coming to a stop.
But the driver manages to walk away.
“There’s go to be a lot of shock in there, and a lot of adrenaline for him to get up and walk around the scene after an impact like that.”
A close call for Graydon Gibson, who was in one of the two vehicles that narrowly escapes the truck’s path.
“We were just literally beside him when he hit the tree. And the cab exploded, there was debris flying at the car. And that was it, and then we were past.”
Eckert says luck appears to have played a major role.
“It’s a miracle that nobody, either pedestrians or vehicles, were involved in that. At the scene of the vehicles going by at the time, he is just seconds between vehicles and other people.”
Saanich Police crash analysts are working with Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement inspectors to determine the cause of the incident.
The driver remains in the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.