It was the kind of scene you only hope to see in the movies – and, luckily, one that didn’t involve any serious injuries.
On Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, just before 8 p.m., a two-vehicle collision involving a truck and a BMW car resulted in both vehicles engulfed in flames on Montreal Street near McCauley Street.
What was originally believed by witnesses to be a T-bone accident after the truck involved did a U-turn in the middle of Montreal Street was actually a T-bone accident that occurred after the truck rolled from its parking spot in a driveway into the road. According to Kingston Police, the truck was improperly parked and rolled from the private driveway into the street where it was struck by the oncoming BMW.
After the collision, the car went up in flames, but was quickly extinguished by Kingston Fire and Rescue just before the truck also caught fire. Heavy smoke could be seen billowing into the sky for several blocks as firefighters worked to ensure both fires were out and no one was injured. The roadway remained closed for approximately an hour as tow trucks attended the scene to remove the vehicles.
According to Kingston Police, the male owner of the truck was subsequently charged with section 170(9) of the Highway Traffic Act: Failure to take precaution against a vehicle being set in motion.
Despite the frightening scene and extensive damage to both vehicles, it appears no one was seriously injured as a result of the accident. Montreal Street was re-opened to traffic approximately one hour later.