Did you ever think the metric system could cause an accident?
Well it did in Lake Cowichanâ€™s Meade Creek area Saturday, May 24.
The result was a wrecked pickup truck in the weeds, a power pole that needed to be replaced, 1,045 people in Youbou and Meade Creek left without power for several hours and a new driver with an experience heâ€™ll never forget.
Sgt. Wes Olsen of the Lake Cowichan Mounties said a pickup truck had lost control and went off the road and struck a power pole at 5:25 p.m. on Saturday, May 24.
It was witnessed by another motorist and police were called immediately.
â€œWe were on the scene pretty quickly. There were two males in the vehicle. They had minor injuries. There was no indication that alcohol was involved,â€ he said.
â€œBut speed is a factor. One of the gentlemen was teaching the other how to drive. By the looks of it, that was probably a vehicle that was brought up from the States and the speedometer was in miles-per-hour versus kilometers-per-hour.
â€œSo instead of doing the posted 80 km an hour, the gentlemen was doing close to 80 miles per hour and when he realized same, he panicked. And, being a novice driver, when he panicked, he lost control and thatâ€™s how the vehicle ended up in the ditch,â€ the sergeant said, adding, â€œThey were very lucky, actually. The vehicle is pretty well a total write-off.â€
As can be seen in the photo, the cab was the only part that wasnâ€™t mangled.
â€œThere were only minor injuries involved. According to the notes, it appears they were taken to Cowichan District Hospital for examination but there were no major injuries,â€ Olsen said.
Power was out in Meade Creek and Youbou from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. because BC Hydro had to bring out a replacement power pole and install it.