An elderly man suffered a heart attack behind the wheel of his truck and crashed into a residence at the corner of Rhodonite and Tara Place on May 2.

Truck crashes into house

An elderly driver in Sooke has heart attack and crashes into residence

Andy Carrier was driving alone Rhodonite Drive, on Thursday morning when he saw a red pickup, with a lawn mower in the back, drive erratically across a lawn at the corner of Tara Road with a driver slumped over the wheel. The truck continued its path across the lawn and to the front of the residence. Carrier tried to get the keys out of the ignition, to no avail. The truck’s tires were spinning and the vehicle was teetering on an embankment before it headed down through the juniper plantings and crashed into the house, taking out a supporting post on the porch.

Carrier immediately called 911 but there was some confusion and time lost as he used his cell phone and did not state where he was calling from. He said he had no idea that when using a cell phone, the 911 call centre will not know where you are.

Sooke Fire Rescue arrived shortly after and Carrier and Fire Chief Steve Sorensen got the man out of the vehicle and Sorenseon began CPR on the elderly male driver. Ambulance crews arrived at the scene and applied a defibrillator to the the 60-70-year-old man before he was transported to Royal Jubilee Hospital. His condition is not known at this time.

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