Firefighters in Nanaimo chained their fire truck to a car to keep of it from tipping over while they helped an elderly couple escape the vehicle. (CHRIS BUSH/Nanaimo News Bulletin)

Crews chain up fire truck to car teetering on tipping over

Firefighters help elderly couple exit car in danger of rolling over steep bank

Firefighters had to chain their fire truck to a car to keep it from flipping over a steep bank while they helped the occupants out of the vehicle this afternoon.

The accident happened at about 3 p.m. Thursday, April 12, when the woman driving the car lost control of the vehicle while backing out of a steep driveway on the 1600 block of Sherrif’s Way in Nanaimo’s Departure Bay neighbourhood.

The car stopped when it backed into a parked Honda SUV, but was teetering on the edge of a steep three-metre-high bank and was in danger of flipping over with the elderly woman and her husband inside it.

Firefighters at the scene said the couple did the right thing by staying in the car until emergency crews arrived to secure the vehicle.

The couple was shaken by the incident, but uninjured.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Council reverses past practice, will broadcast meetings during election campaign

Nanaimo city council votes 5-4 to continue with broadcasts

Attorney general takes Nanaimo councillor to court over release of confidential documents

Coun. Gord Fuller and three other Nanaimo citizens named in Supreme Court petition

Porsche and Subaru dealerships can proceed with planning in north Nanaimo

City council unanimously allows rezoning application process to move forward

Tilray to export cannabis formulation to U.S. for clinical trial

Marijuana remains illegal in most of the U.S.

Nanaimo RCMP officers back on school grounds for fall semester

School liaison officers look for positive interactions with youths

U.S. congressman issues dire warning to Canada’s NAFTA team: time is running out

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is expected to resume talks with the U.S.

Candidate lists finalized for Nanaimo, Lantzville, RDN, school district

Nomination deadline passes in advance of Oct. 20 local government elections

21 new paramedics promised for B.C. Interior

A total of 18 new full-time paramedics will be hired for Kamloops and three are being hired for Chase.

Federal stats show slight increase in irregular migrant claims in August

113 extra people tried to cross the Canadian border last month

Cube van, SUV crash in Harewood

No one hurt in accident at Fifth Street and Howard Avenue in Nanaimo on Monday afternoon

Work begins to remove cargo from grounded Haida Gwaii barge and fishing lodge

Westcoast Resorts’ Hippa Lodge broke from its moorings and ran aground early this month

Court of appeal grants injunction on Taseko’s exploratory drilling in B.C. Interior

The decision provides temporary protection and relief, said Chief Joe Alphonse

Volunteer crew ready to build ramps for B.C. amputee

Jean Moulton will soon have an easier time getting in and out of her home.

Most Read