Boulder in road causes damage to taxi

A cab hit a football-sized boulder at about 3 a.m. Sunday on Lansdowne Road

A taxi driver suffered severe damage to his vehicle after striking a large rock which may have been intentionally placed in the road.

The cab hit the football-sized boulder at about 3 a.m. Sunday while travelling down Lansdowne Road near Foul Bay Road. The driver said three youths standing nearby ran off immediately afterwards.

It is still unclear whether the rock was already in the road or if it was rolled there just prior to being struck.

Oak Bay police say this is the second such incident in recent memory, and are concerned because a similar event could lead to serious injury for people inside a vehicle.