Teen escapes burning car after crashing into tree

North Stormont firefighters extinguish the burning vehicle. Courtesy photo by Michael 'tic' Houston

FINCH — A 17-year-old motorist escaped a burning car after crashing into a tree on North Stormont Concession Rd. 3-4, Saturday, May 2.

The SD&G OPP reports that the teenaged driver was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after the single-vehicle collision occurring shortly before 7:20 p.m.

According to the detachment, the car “left the roadway and struck a tree, then became engulfed in flames.”

A friend assisted the young driver from the vehicle, SD&G OPP Const. Tylor Copeland reported.

In a May 14 update, the constable said the driver has been charged with careless driving, though the officer could not disclose evidence in the case. Road conditions including loose gravel “may have been a factor” in the collision, Copeland allowed by email, but adding the teen’s “driving actions were the main cause of the collision.”

The involved North Stormont roadway is gravel.

Should local motorists should be reminded about the potential hazards of travelling gravel roads? On that question, Copeland replied, “All drivers should be aware of any changes to road conditions, be it weather related or freshly laid gravel. It is the driver’s responsibility to adjust speed and awareness with the road conditions.”

Nearby resident Michael ‘tic’ Houston captured the images here at around 7:40 p.m.

This article was updated to correct the date, and later to include the careless driving charge with new comments from Const. Tylor Copeland.

Courtesy photo by Michael ‘tic’ Houston

Courtesy photo by Michael ‘tic’ Houston

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