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Driver sought after vehicle, hydro pole end up on GO train tracks in Scarborough

Last Updated Feb 20, 2020 at 6:40 am EDT

Police are searching for a driver after a car crashed into a hydro pole and ended up on the train tracks at the Rouge Hill GO station in Scarborough.

Authorities believe a white BMW was traveling at a high rate of speed when it missed a sharp turn on Lawrence Avenue East, went off the road and through a fence, and struck the pole around 3 a.m. Thursday.

The impact of the crash caused the top of the hydro pole to snap off and fall onto the train tracks below. The vehicle also ended up stuck on the tracks.

Jeff, a tow operator who was at the scene, told 680 NEWS he got a good look at the damage.

“The car was completely destroyed, engine almost fell out of it, all the parts are out of the car, wheels off, everything sitting directly on the westbound tracks,” he explained.

“We had an excavator come and lift it in the air to drag it out without damaging any more of the tracks.”

Police said the driver fled the scene and that the vehicle is registered to someone in Durham Region and has not been reported stolen.

Rail crews assisted authorities in removing both the pole and the vehicle from the tracks.

As of 5:30 a.m. Thursday, Metrolinx said the tracks have been cleared and they don’t anticipate any delays for the morning commute.

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