Emergency crews faced a steep challenge Thursday night, January 16, as they worked to extricate an SUV which crashed into a metal barrier on Duncan Street.
Powell River RCMP and Powell River Fire Rescue crews were called out to the scene of the single-vehicle accident at about 11:45 pm. Kayla-Leigh Beaton, who lives next to the accident location, heard the crash and went outside to see what happened. She filmed the crews working on the truck.
“It took quite an effort to get the vehicle out,” said Powell River RCMP constable Tim Kenning.
The Jeep Cherokee smashed into the guardrail and the metal handrail of the stairs leading down the hill to Westview Avenue. The vehicle was lodged over top of the stairs and crews used a flatbed truck with a winch to pull the vehicle off.
Kenning said the driver lost control of the vehicle while going down the hill and alcohol was a factor in the accident. There were no injuries as a result of the accident and the driver faces impaired driving charges. City workers replaced the metal handrail with a wooden one.