Wild crash in Olds damages houses, garage, fences

Elderly driver suffered medical incident; two hospitalized

A vehicle driven by an elderly man who suffered a medical incident cut a swath of destruction after it left the road in Olds on Friday morning.

Olds RCMP said an Olds couple, in their late 70s and early 80s, were extricated from the wreckage and were in hospital.

At about 10:45 a.m. police, ambulance and EMS were called to a motor vehicle collision off 55th Street, just west of the four-way stop intersection with 57th Avenue.

A westbound 2016 Jeep Cherokee had driven across the boulevard, striking a light standard that propelled a tire into the property east of the primary residence. The vehicle is believed to have gone airborne for approximately six metres as it mounted over the curb.

The Jeep then drove the length of a wooden fence line, destroying it and then continuing into the yard and through a detached garage.

It continued on, ultimately removing the southwest corner of the residence on that property before going through the shared fence line with a neighbouring property, pushing a deck off its supports, then coming to a stop against the southeast corner of the neighbouring residence to the west.

Police investigation has determined there is no criminal aspect to the driving behavior and no charges are being considered. A medical complication arose for the driver as the vehicle was westbound, and resulted in him being incapable of operating the vehicle.

Occupants of the respective residences were not injured.

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