Man in serious condition after early morning crash in Thunder Bay

One person is in hospital following an early-morning, single-vehicle crash on Balmoral Street in Thunder Bay.

City police investigation of Balmoral Street craash is ongoing

A heavily-damaged white pickup truck lies on its side just east of Balmoral Street in Thunder Bay on Wednesday, Sept. 13. Police had closed Balmoral from just north of Lithium Drive to Beverly Street as they investigated. (Kris Ketonen/CBC)

One person is in hospital following an early-morning, single-vehicle crash on Balmoral Street in Thunder Bay.

The crash occurred at about 3:08 am on Wednesday, Sept. 13. A late-model Dodge Ram pickup truck was travelling north on Balmoral Street when it left the road near Beverly Street, police said.

The truck struck a hydro poll and rolled over.

Police communications director Chris Adams said the cause is still being determined.

"It's still under investigation by the traffic unit," he said. "They take a very thorough examination from the scene, which includes measurements, and they'll also be examining the vehicle itself, so they still have a fair bit of work to do."

Driver in serious condition

Police, firefighters and paramedics responded. The truck's sole occupant, who police described as a "middle-aged male," had to be freed from the vehicle. He was taken to hospital, where he remained late Wednesday afternoon in serious condition.

No further information was immediately available about the driver.

"He was unconscious when he was taken to hospital," Adams said. "Part of our ongoing investigation with our traffic unit is they'll be following up, both for his condition and then also firm up on his identification."

Road closed for several hours

Police closed Balmoral Street from just north of Lithium Drive to Beverly Street for several hours Wednesday as they investigated.

Shortly after 11:30 am, the truck remained on its side east of Balmoral Street, near the parking lot of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. Police had much of the parking lot, as well as an area alongside the road, cordoned off.

Debris was scattered on the road surface, and a hydro crew was repairing damage to the hydro pole farther south down Balmoral.

Police said they reopened the road at about 12:20 pm. During the investigation at the scene, police said another driver drove through the barricades on Balmoral Street and into the investigative scene.

"The road was clearly marked as being closed," Adams said. "People, being impatient or whatever have taken it upon themselves sometimes to drive through, and this creates an extremely dangerous situation. It's really stupidity at its best."

"People really have to ask themselves the question 'what is it that gives you the right to drive through a road closure?'" he said. "You are going to be endangering somebody, or you could be ruining an investigation."

The male driver who drove through the barricades was stopped by police and charged with disobeying a sign under the Highway Traffic Act.