A lamp post in a parking lot on Dickinson Road crashed onto his truck the afternoon of Aug. 14. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

Garbage truck knocks down lamp post onto pickup in north Nanaimo

Emergency crews respond to Dickinson Crossing plaza mall Friday afternoon

A man escaped serious injury this afternoon after a street light was knocked down onto his truck in a north Nanaimo parking lot.

Nanaimo Fire Rescue, RCMP and B.C. Hydro crews were called out to the Dickinson Crossing plaza mall at around 1:45 p.m. Friday to respond to the incident in between Tim Hortons and Dairy Queen, near Portsmouth and Dickinson roads.

According to police on scene, it appears a waste disposal truck hit the lamp standard, which then fell onto the Toyota pickup.

Lorne Forrest, the truck’s owner, was no worse for the wear.

“I’m fine. I have a little cut, a little scrape on my elbow, that’s all,” said Forrest. “I initially heard the first bang and then I looked around and the next one [was when the lamp post] came down on my truck. I didn’t see it. I’m OK, but I have to get the truck fixed.”

The electricity had to be shut down before the truck could be towed away.

Forrest, a retired firefighter, said he has never witnessed anything like that before.


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