Two Olds homes damaged after out-of-control car leaves swath of destruction

Police determine driver’s medical condition causes crash

Two seniors were hospitalized after their vehicle went airborne, striking a light standard, destroying a residential garage, a backyard deck and fence, and smashing into the corners of two homes in Olds.

At 10:45 a.m. on Friday, Olds RCMP, fire department and ambulance service were called to a bizarre vehicle collision off 55 Street, just west of the 57 Avenue intersection.

Investigators examining the path of destruction left by a careering vehicle discovered that a medical condition had caused the male driver to lose control.

His westbound car jumped a boulevard curb and went airborne for about 20 feet, striking a light standard. As one of its tires flew off, landing in a neighbourhood yard, the vehicle continued to be propelled forward.

It destroyed a length of residential fencing, then plowed through a detached backyard garage, bringing the whole structure crashing down.

The car continued, out of control, to remove the southwest corner of a residence on the first property, before smashing through a shared fence line and pushing a deck off its supports on the second property.

It finally came to a stop against the southeast corner of the second residence.

The occupants of the car, a couple in their late 70’s and early 80’s, of Olds, were extricated from the wreckage and taken to hospital, where they remained on Saturday. Their conditions were not released by police.

Occupants of the two residences were not injured.

Police determined no criminal aspects to this crash, and no charges were laid.


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