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Truck ends up in Lake Ontario after Cobourg crash

By PETE FISHER, Northumberland Today

Robert Coull shot this photo of a truck in Lake Ontario after a crash Saturday in Cobourg. ROBERT COULL/SPECIAL TO NORTHUMBERLAND TODAY

Robert Coull shot this photo of a truck in Lake Ontario after a crash Saturday in Cobourg. ROBERT COULL/SPECIAL TO NORTHUMBERLAND TODAY

COBOURG - One witness said it was a miracle that no one was killed in an Ontario Street crash over the weekend.

The woman, who asked not to be identified, said she was outside her home on Ontario Street around 4:20 p.m. on Saturday when she heard a vehicle coming down the street near the dead-end area.

"They speed down here all the time. They think this is Cobourg beach and it doesn't stop and keeps going so we know when somebody is coming down speeding - we know to be careful."

It happens so often parents usually try to keep younger children far away from the road.

"I got up to look because I could hear him getting faster and I came down and I realized how fast he was going and I knew there was no way he was going to stop even if he did realize it was a dead end."

With it being a gorgeous day out, the woman said there were people everywhere.

"He went through the metal barricade, the sign and a couple of trees and it didn't even slow him down."

The woman said there a woman in a lawnchair reading a book along with a husband, wife and children in the immediate area. One person walking their dog had to jump out of the way from being struck.

"It just missed them. They must have had guardian angels."

The truck eventually ran into Lake Ontario approximately 300 feet from the roadway.

Running towards the vehicle, the woman yelled at her friend to call 911.

Water was up to her thighs when she got to the pickup truck.

The man had already opened the door and she said it appeared he wasn't wearing his seatbelt and had possibly hit the windshield..

"I asked him if he was ok, did his neck hurt, was he having a heart attack, stroke or was he diabetic and pass out? He just said he didn't know, he didn't remember."

The woman called for assistance from two men on the shore to help remove the man from the vehicle as it started to drift with the waves.

A doctor arrived and treated the man until emergency services arrived.

The woman said that with all the people about, she was amazed more people weren't hurt or killed. There were also a few cars parked illegally at the end of the road and the truck managed to miss them before hitting the barrier, trees, going onto the beach and into the lake.

"It was that close," she said. "The stars were aligned that he was not hurt and nobody else was hurt."

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