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North end collision follows traffic stop

Police have not yet confirmed details of the collision, but said it occurred after a vehicle fled a traffic stop.

THUNDER BAY - A commercial van was t-boned at the corner of Pearl and Water streets by a passenger vehicle containing four occupants who fled the scene on foot, according to Dave Renaud, the driver of the van.

The collision occurred just after 4 p.m. and drew a significant police response. Superior North EMS was also on scene.

“I had the green light at the intersection and as I was about halfway through the intersection at the last second, I noticed this car right behind us here doing, must have been 80 to 100 kilometres an hour,” said Renaud.

“And it really didn’t matter what I did at that point, whether I hit the brakes or I sped up, I tried to hit the gas to get out of the way but the vehicle ended up t-boning me on the side of the vehicle and I did a complete 360 and smashed the snowbanks.”

Police have not yet released details of the collision, but confirmed that the accident occurred after the passenger vehicle fled during a traffic stop.

Renaud said multiple police cruisers arrived on scene almost immediately following the collision and that three of the occupants of the other vehicle were arrested by police.

Another witness of the event claimed police had dogs searching the area near the crash.

Miraculously, Renaud believed no serious injuries followed the collision, saying the occupants of the other vehicle did not appear to be injured.

Neither TBPS nor Superior North EMS could immediately confirm Thursday whether or not the incident resulted in any injuries.

Justin Hardy

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Justin Hardy is a reporter born and raised in the Northwest.
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