NIAGARA FALLS, ON (WIVB) - Late Tuesday night a truck hit three pedestrians while they were crossing the Niagara parkway in Niagara Falls, Canada. One man is dead and two others are in the hospital. Some tourists on vacation said they watched in horror as everything unfolded.
“Speechless, there's no strong word, it's just shocking” said Simon Atolikian, a tourist who witnessed the crash. “We were just walking by with our family across Niagara Falls and all of a sudden we just heard a massive breaking. When we turned our heads, you see the pickup which is right behind us. It hit three people in a row”.
Immediately after the crash, Atolikian said people ran to the scene.
“You don't know what to do, running for nurses, screaming for doctors, you don't know what's going to happen trying to find someone to help the people that were injured” said Sevag Kevorkian, witnessed crash.
Police said a 76 year old man was pronounced dead at the scene. The man's wife and their 14 year old grandson were flown to the hospital in Hamilton. Police say they were visiting the Falls from Quebec.
Authorities are still investigating the cause of the crash. They said the 55 year old Niagara Falls man behind the wheel was impaired and they're looking into whether he was speeding.
“Witnesses indicate that the truck was traveling faster than most of the other traffic in the area. Due to the fact that this is a very highly populated tourist area anything beyond normal speeds we would consider high with the amount of pedestrian traffic that you see here in Niagara Falls” said Sgt. Darrin Forbes from the Niagara Regional Police.
Police say the driver is now facing a number of charges including impaired operation causing death. He had a bail hearing Wednesday morning. Police are looking to speak with anyone who saw the crash.
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