Following a fiery crash on King Street, a Toronto driver is in critical condition after his car hit a pole and burst into flames. The crash happened around 6:30 AM this morning, on King Street near Parliament. Police and Toronto Fire both responded to the scene.
Police also reported the crash on their Twitter account, giving a sort of play by play of the collision. They stated that the car hit the pole, knocking the pole down and causing the car to burst into flames. The driver was initially trapped inside the flaming vehicle but was eventually freed and the fire was put out.
In a second tweet later, police offered more details about the fiery crash. They revealed that they actually had to smash the windows of the car, which is said to be a Nissan Altima, in order to free the driver. Police also say that the driver has suffered injuries related to smoke inhalation and burns and was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
On top of that, the police also reveal that there were other occupants of the vehicle that actually fled the scene following the fiery crash, but they haven't revealed how many passengers there were.
COLLISION:King St + Parliament St-Car into a pole-Pole is down-Car burst into flames-Driver stuck inside-Toronto Fire rushed to scene-Police o/s-Officers have removed driver-Driver is injured-Fire has been doused#GO483734^dh
COLLISION: King St + Parliament St-Update-Officers broke the windows to free occupants-Driver in hospital with life threatening injuries -Injuries result of smoke inhalation and burns-Other occupants of car fled the scene^dh
Police have been investigating the crash all morning, and are going around the area looking for anyone who may have some surveillance footage that shows the crash.
Some footage of the crash was shared by Global News, who credit Alexandra Floyd for the video. It shows the car completely engulfed in flames.
Police are continuing to investigate what exactly caused the car to crash into the hydro pole in the first place.
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