No serious injuries reported at scene of three-vehicle incident
© Dave Mathieson - Amherst Daily News
The driver of the Mustang (centre) evaluates the damage after hitting two parked cars.
AMHERST – Amherst Police are investigating an accident involving three vehicles in front of Snow White Laundry on East Victoria Street in Amherst on Wednesday morning.
“A vehicle traveling west on Victoria Street lost control, crossed the centre line and struck two parked vehicles,” said a press release issued by the Amherst Police Department. “The first parked vehicle was unoccupied, while the second parked vehicle contained one occupant, a 61-year old male from Oxford. That occupant was treated by EHS on scene and released."
Police say the driver of the westbound vehicle, a 37-year-old Amherst male, did not suffer any injuries.
“Two of the three vehicles were extensively damaged and had to be towed,” said the release. “The accident is still under investigation.”
The collision occurred at approximately 10:45 a.m.
A witness at the scene, Phil LeBlanc, who owns and operates McCully Market on Victoria Street, had his attention drawn to the vehicle when it drove past his store.
“What caught my attention was the loud noise. It accelerated like crazy,” said LeBlanc. “When he came by the front of my store, which was right at the crosswalk, he was trying to get it stopped.”
He believes the Mustang was parked at Dayle's Department Store, drove east, and then pulled into the Duffy’s Esso so he could turn around and drive west on Victoria Street.
“It was a loud, loud rev when he came by here, and then I watched him swerve into the cars instead of going through the intersection (Victoria and Havelock).
“He probably did a good thing pulling into those parked cars instead of going through that intersection because he could have caused some real trouble there,” added LeBlanc “If the parked cars weren’t there he would have gone right into the (Royal) bank.”
LeBlanc believes something was ‘definitely wrong’ with the car, and said he heard the driver tell the police the accelerator was stuck.
“It didn’t sound like he was accelerating,” said LeBlanc. “Something was definitely wrong, it wasn’t him being a maniac.
“The thing that got me was the loud roar, because even if he was driving it (purposely fast) there wouldn’t have been the loud roar there was,” said LeBlanc. “It was a really loud engine sound.”
The first car he hit was parked in front of Shear Impressions and Snow White Laundry & Convenience Store, while the second vehicle he hit, a black SUV, was parked in front of the Royal Bank.
LeBlanc and another witness at the scene said somebody was sitting in the driver's seat of the SUV when it was hit.
McCully said he thinks the car may be new to the driver.
“It’s a beautiful car,” said LeBlanc. “I think he just got it.
“I heard him when he got out,” added LeBlanc. “He said he just got the car, he just picked the car up”
More pictures of the collision can be seen at the slideshow section here.