WATCH ABOVE: Last week, the mayor of Campbell River was pulling out of the parking lot at Discovery Pier when he collided with an out- of-control northbound truck —; sending that vehicle and its driver plunging into the water. Kylie Stanton picks up the story.
VANCOUVER – A frightening accident involving two pickup trucks on Vancouver Island led to a dramatic rescue that was caught on tape.
Last week the mayor of Campbell River was pulling out of the parking lot at Discovery Pier when he collided with an out-of-control northbound truck, sending that vehicle and its driver plunging into the water.
“The truck came careening over the bank behind us and it flew about 20 feet in the air,” said witness Mike Roberts.
The truck just missed the boats and the people nearby.
“About eight feet from my wife,” added Roberts.
Harbour manager Phyllis Titus said she yelled at her staff to call 9-1-1 and then they ran down to the dock to see what they could do.
Five people jumped into action, including two visiting American Navy divers. They were able to pull the woman driver to safety as the vehicle sunk.
Now the focus is on what led to the crash.
No one was injured and criminal charges are not being considered. The cause of the collision is under investigation.
Hero awards are being considered for the people who jumped in to help, but they remain humble about the ordeal.
“I’m sure anyone else in that position would have done the same,” said Roberts.
– With files from Kylie Stanton.