Coffee and a Coke quench vehicle fire

An early morning accident on Highway 1 at Davis Road ended without injury,

An early morning accident on Highway 1 at Davis Road ended without injury, perhaps due to the morning coffee and ‘fresh can of Coke,’ which the driver and passenger of a south bound vehicle had on board.

RCMP and the Ladysmith fire department responded after the driver, heading to work in Chemainus, lost control of his car after the right rear tire ‘suddenly blew off the rim.’

The car swerved, then slammed into a concrete barrier on the shoulder between North and South Davis Road before coming to rest.

“The vehicle then caught fire briefly,” the RCMP report says, adding that the fire was quickly extinguished “with a cup of coffee and a fresh can of Coke.”

Quick thinking and action continued after the accident. “The vehicle sustained significant damage, but the driver and lone occupant were uninjured,” the RCMP report continues.

Undeterred by the experience, the driver didn’t take a day off. “He was late, but made it to work,” the report concludes.

The vehicle was towed away.