Jesus statue in front of downtown Hamilton church stops runaway truck: police

St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in downtown Hamilton. Screenshot / Google Streetview

HAMILTON – Police in Hamilton say a homeless Jesus statue came to the rescue Monday afternoon after a large truck was unable to stop at an intersection.

The incident happened in front of St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church at Victoria Avenue South and King Street East.

Police say the driver of a junk removal truck realized he couldn’t stop at a red light and mounted the curb in an effort to avoid hitting pedestrians and other vehicles.

They say the truck hit a bench with a statue of sleeping Jesus and came to a halt, preventing any further damage or injuries.

Investigators say if the truck had continued, it would have headed into oncoming westbound traffic and pedestrians.

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The homeless Jesus statues by Ontario artist Timothy Schmalz have been installed in several cities.

— With files from Nick Westoll

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