Unoccupied moving vehicle causes fiery crash in Kingston, police say

A fiery crash on a Kingston street caused by a runway pickup truck
No one was injured in a fiery crash between a pickup truck and a BMW car on Saturday. Kingston police say the unattended truck rolled onto Montreal Street, colliding with a passenger vehicle.

Kingston police are still investigating what caused an unoccupied vehicle to enter an intersection and cause a T-bone collision on the weekend.

Credit: Curtis Longmire/Global News
Credit: Curtis Longmire/Global News Curtis Longmire/Global News

Police say an unoccupied truck parked in a private parking lot, in front of a convenient store, somehow began to move and rolled into traffic at the intersection of Montreal and Maccauley streets Saturday evening around 7:40 p.m.

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Global News has obtained video showing the truck rolling away – crashing seconds later with a passing car on Montreal Street, in Kingston’s north end.

“So it [the pickup truck] was parked here,” says Bhadresh Patel, pointing to an area in the parking lot in front his convenient store, “then the truck rolled away into the road.”
Bhadresh Patel
Bhadresh Patel Global News

Patel owners of Ken & Marg’s Grocery on Montreal Street at Maccauley Street, where the accident happened.

Patel describes what happened on Saturday evening – ending in a fiery two-vehicle crash between a pickup truck and a BMW car.

“[There was] a big noise and after a certain time, the fire started,” says Patel, “so I called the 911.”

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According to Patel, the BMW male driver was in his 40s – was travelling north on Montreal Street – saw the truck come into his view, but was unable to stop in time.

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“Some of my customers, said after the accident – they couldn’t believe it – [the truck] was a roll away,” says Patel.

The male driver of the BMW was not injured and managed to walk away from the crash, before the fire started.

“He’s okay,” says Patel, “because he came out right away from the car.

“He was shouting because he was shocked.”

Montreal Street was closed for several hours, and according to Const. Ash Gutheinz with the Kingston Police Service, the scene was cleared and reopened to traffic just after 10 p.m. Saturday.

The unnamed driver of the truck, believed to be in his late 50s or early 60s, has been charged with failing to secure his vehicle and to prevent it from being set in motion.

Gutheinz says he does not believe anyone was taken to hospital after the incident.

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With files from Neil McArtney