By KATE DUBINSKI — Sun Media
A man hit by a vehicle last night in London was being rushed to hospital when a crash halted the ambulance. Traffic was snarled after the two dinner-hour mishaps. The man en route to the hospital was one of three men struck by a car while crossing Oxford Street at Platts Lane. But that wasn’t the end of his ordeal — the ambulance became involved in crash at Wharncliffe Road and Riverside Drive. “It wasn’t his lucky day — he was hit by a car and then the ambulance he was in was also involved in . . . a crash,” said Rick Payne, duty manager with Middlesex-London EMS.
The man was unconscious after being struck, Payne said, but had no injuries from the crash. He was taken to London Health Sciences Centre Victoria campus in a second ambulance. Paramedics involved in the crash weren’t hurt, Payne said. Witnesses at the Platts Lane crash said three men were crossing the street on a green light when a car struck them.
“I was waiting to turn, and then all of the sudden I saw the two guys fly over the car. One managed to get up, but the other one was hurt,” said witness Warzida Khan. “I hope he’s OK. It was pretty scary.” Police later confirmed three men were struck.
The two crashes, both just before 6 p.m., snarled traffic on Oxford Street near Cherryhill Village Mall, and on Wharncliffe Road and Riverside Drive as police cleared both scenes. Crash analysts were busy trying to piece together what happened on Oxford while police rerouted traffic.
Just west of Platts Lane, a small silver car was pulled over, its windshield shattered on the passenger’s side where the pedestrians were struck. Police were still detouring traffic around Platts Lane two hours later.