The Victoria Police Department is praising the actions of three bystanders who helped performed “lifesaving actions” that rescued a driver from a rollover crash.
The incident took place shortly after 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 29 at the intersection of Devonshire and Fairview Roads in Victoria.
VicPD officers say they received a report that a vehicle collided with a hydro pole, rolled over and caught fire.
When police arrived on the scene, they were told about the actions of the bystanders during the event.
In a release, police say that two bystanders who witnessed the collision were able to extract the injured driver from the vehicle, which had rolled over and landed upside down.
VicPD adds that a third bystander obtained a fire extinguisher from a nearby business and worked to extinguish the fire that had ignited following the crash.
BC Emergency Health Services Paramedics attended the scene as well and transported the driver to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The police report also indicates that an additional bystander in the vicinity of the crash narrowly avoided being struck by the vehicle during the incident.
This bystander was also transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The hydro pole was knocked over in the crash and BC Hydro attended the area and de-energized the lines.
The crash is currently under investigation, however, police believe the cause of the collision is linked to a medical incident involving the driver.
Anyone who witnessed the rollover crash is being asked to call the VicPD Report Desk at (250) 995-7654 extension 1.
To report what you know anonymously, please call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.