A city-owned tree protected residents from a early morning accident on 82nd Street in Fort Saskatchewan.

Around 5:30 a.m. this morning residents were awoken by the sound of a speeding vehicle. It is unclear if the truck was stolen.

“I could hear the truck coming,” a witness told River Radio. “It was screeching tires.”

This accident occurred at 5:30 a.m this morning on 82nd street. A person who lives nearby said she could hear the truck…

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The witness says shes lucky the tree stopped the speeding driver.

“The male driver exited the truck and ran from the scene,” the witness said.

This tree helped save residents from extreme property damage this morning. Arthur C. Green/River Radio

Police dog services were quickly on the scene according to the witness to track the suspect. It is unclear if the driver was injured in the crash or if he was apprehended by the police.

It is unclear if the driver of this truck was injured in the crash or if he has been caught by police. Arthur C. Green/River Radio

Another resident sent River Radio a surveillance video of the truck speeding through the spray park in Westpark just moments before the crash at 5:27 a.m. It is unclear if the driver was being pursued by the police.

River Radio will provide more information when it becomes available from the RCMP.

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