Arm severed in dramatic Lake Shore Boulevard West crash

Lake Shore Boulevard West was closed in both directions at Royal York after an early-morning crash on Thursday in which a passenger suffered a severed arm.
An early-morning crash on Lakeshore Boulevard West near Royal York resulted in the car being split in two large pieces. ((Tony Smyth/CBC))

Lake Shore Boulevard West was closed in both directions near Royal York after an early-morning crash on Thursday in which a passenger suffered a severed arm.

Police say at about 2:30 a.m. a car hit a pole and a concrete wall before splitting in two near the corner of Lake Shore Boulevard West and Lake Crescent. Two large pieces of the car were seen lying on the roadway about 20 metres apart.

A passenger in the car, a man believed to be in his 20s, suffered a severed arm in the accident. He is in hospital in critical condition.

Toronto Police Sgt. Dave Stirling said alcohol was not a factor in the crash although speed likely was.

"The vehicle struck the curb and continued on striking a cement light pole and then continued on and struck a four-foot wall and then a fire hydrant," said Stirling. "The passenger side portion of the vehicle has been, for lack of a better way of putting it, been peeled off."

The driver walked away with a few minor scratches.