Truck plows through stand of e-bikes; driver hospitalized

The force of this pickup crash bent the driver's side tire back 90 degrees. The driver was unconscious when first responders arrived on scene July 30, 2015. (Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – A pickup truck crashed through a stand of e-bikes and scooters on Eleventh Street West Thursday afternoon.

The collision turned the mobility machines into hunks of metal and left a trail of bike parts, plastic, metal and chrome in its path and almost half a block.

The truck, A Dodge Dakota extended cab pickup, ended up striking a hydro pole outside Paquette Glass.

The force of the crash bent the driver’s side tire back 90 degrees. Paramedics and firefighters worked to remove the unconscious man from the pickup before he was taken to hospital by ambulance.

His condition is not known.

Part of Eleventh Street West is covered in plastic and metal bits after a pickup truck slammed through a store display before hitting a hydro pole July 30, 2015. (Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston)
Part of Eleventh Street West is covered in plastic and metal bits after a pickup truck slammed through a store display before hitting a hydro pole July 30, 2015. (Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston)

Dominador Castillo was across the street washing his car and said he heard the truck accelerate hard before plowing through the store display at Eas-E-Riders.

“I just heard it…the loud acceleration. I was here washing my car and I just seen it and (thought) ‘Oh my God’…I knew there was something wrong because he (had) no control at that time and then bang, bang, bang, bang,” Castillo told Cornwall Newswatch.

The crash caused roughly $20,000 damage at the store.

Cornwall paramedics and firefighters work to free the driver of this pickup truck after a crash on Eleventh Street West on July 30, 2015. Witnesses said they heard the truck accelerate hard several hundred feet down the street before it plowed into a stand of e-bikes and struck a hydro pole. (Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston)
Cornwall paramedics and firefighters work to free the driver of this pickup truck after a crash on Eleventh Street West on July 30, 2015. Witnesses said they heard the truck accelerate hard several hundred feet down the street before it plowed into a stand of e-bikes and struck a hydro pole. (Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston)

A section of Eleventh Street West from Churchill Street to Daly Avenue was closed for a police investigation.

A worker for Cornwall Electric said the hydro pole was not broken but a wire protector had been smashed at the base of the pole.

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