Fire truck crashes through Oak Bay hedge

Oak Bay fire truck crash on Cadboro Bay Road Oct. 6 attributed to medical issue

An Oak Bay fire truck crashed into a garden Tuesday morning (Oct. 6) after the driver experienced a 'medical incident.' There were no injuries and the driver was taken to hospital where he was under observation.

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Oak Bay Fire’s Engine 1 is out of service after its driver suffered a “medical incident” early this morning (Oct. 6).

“They were responding to a first responder call at 6:40 a.m. when the driver of the vehicle had a medical incident,” said Oak Bay Fire Chief Dave Cockle. “The truck went uncontrolled off the road through hedges and into a building.”

Residents and neighbours of the home in the 3200 block of Cadboro Bay Road were not injured. The four crew members on board were belted in, Cockle said. One suffered a minor knee injury and the driver is “under observation in hospital,” Cockle said.

“We’re still trying to determine what happened with him.”

Oak Bay Police Department is investigating.

Saanich Fire took over medical aid coverage for the time and BC Ambulance took care of the original call.

“We have backup fire equipment so the district (of Oak Bay) is well covered,” Cockle said. “This truck will be out of service for a few months while we initiate repairs.

“We have a ladder truck that has all the equipment this truck has,” he said, gesturing to Engine 1 as it was hooked up to a tow truck. “The municipality will be well protected.”