‘A FedEx truck on top of the transformer’: Vehicle knocks out power to Colwood neighbourhood

A FedEx truck rolled and hit a transformer in a Colwood neighbourhood on Jan. 30, 2024.

An unoccupied and uninsured FedEx truck rolled and hit a transformer box in a Colwood neighbourhood, according to police.

Ray Legare was at his home on Caspian Drive Tuesday morning when suddenly he heard a big bang and crash.

“I look out the window and I see a FedEx truck on top of the transformer,” Legare said in an interview with CHEK News.

“I decided to come downstairs and see if anybody was hurt or what was going on. As I come up the door, trucks backed away and drove off and transformers started to explode.”

CHEK News has reached out to FedEx for comment and will update this story when a response is received.

West Shore RCMP tells CHEK News the driver had left the truck to deliver items and put the parking brake on, but the brake was inoperative. The truck then rolled down the hill into the power box.

“The driver fled the scene with the vehicle and was followed and stopped by a member of the public who alerted police,” a statement by West Shore RCMP says.

The vehicle’s insurance had expired in November 2023.

As a result, the driver was issued a ticket for failing to remain at the scene and not having insurance. Additionally, the truck was issued a Box 1 notice due to the inoperative parking brake. A Box 1 notice means it is immediately removed from the road and cannot be operated on a highway until it passes a mechanical vehicle inspection.

Legare says other neighbours called 911 and the fire department attended and extinguished the fire.

He says he spoke with firefighters but stayed behind the perimeter that had been set up as the transformer was “exploding quite extreme.”

BC Hydro crews are on site working to restore power, but there is not yet an estimate for when it will be restored.

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