A stolen car was left abandoned after it took out a lamppost and plunged down a 50-foot embankment near Nanaimo, according to RCMP.
The single-vehicle crash happened Tuesday around 7:20 p.m., when a gold Toyota Camry heading north along the Island Highway went off the road near Bayview Park, south of Nanoose, RCMP Const. Gary O’Brien says.
“The (vehicle) looked like it was having trouble, perhaps mechanical or the driver was going to turn at the last moment,” a witness who was driving behind the car told CHEK News.
“It went down a slope and out of sight,” they added, saying it travelled at a “considerable speed” when it left the road.
Amid the aftermath, photos taken at the scene of the crash show a lamppost completely knocked over.
O’Brien tells CHEK News the vehicle then went down a 50-foot embankment after colliding with the post.
No trace of the vehicle’s occupants was found by either the witnesses, who got out of their vehicle to help, or emergency crews, who searched the area.
RCMP say the vehicle’s registered owner, who reported the car stolen earlier in the day, was later contacted by police.
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