Update: Man fighting for life after car crash in busy Hamilton street


Published June 6, 2023 at 5:17 pm

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A collision has had a domino effect on Hamilton Mountain, leading to a crash involving three vehicles, knocking down a hydro pole, causing residents in the area to lose power and landing one motorist in hospital.

A male driver is now fighting for his life after he experienced “medical distress” and lost control of his white SUV today (June 6) on Upper Gage Avenue, a popular residential street, resulting in his car hitting a hydro pole and another vehicle on a driveway. The pole then fell on a third vehicle travelling on the street.

The driver was sent to hospital in “life-threatening condition” but the woman who was in the front seat wasn’t injured, said Indy Bharaj, a spokesperson for Hamilton police, in a phone interview with inthehammer.com.

Police don’t yet know the specific medical issue and injuries of the male driver.

Hamilton police say they responded to a vehicle collision shortly before 9 a.m. at Upper Gage Avenue, just north of Mohawk Road. After investigating it, the police found that a white SUV was travelling southbound on Upper Gage Avenue when the male driver suffered “medical distress,” veered into oncoming traffic on the northbound lane and knocked down a hydro pole, according to Bharaj. 

“The vehicle then came to rest after it collided with a red unoccupied motor vehicle that was on a driveway of a residence just off Upper Gage,” he said.

The hydro pole then collapsed onto a blue SUV travelling northbound on Upper Gage Avenue. The female driver of that blue car was able to leave her vehicle unharmed, Bharaj said.

Electric utility giant Alectra had been contacted after some residences lost power when the hydro pole fell.

The incident has closed Upper Gage Avenue, north of Mohawk Road and south of Fennell Avenue.

The police’s collision reconstruction unit is investigating the incident and no charges have been laid.

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