Pothole causes spectacular accident in Kirkland
Spring is almost here, but it appears pothole season is well underway.
And one driver is telling of being flipped over as he was trying to get off a highway in Kirkland last Friday.
St. Lazare resident Matthew Brown says he was getting off an off-ramp eastbound highway 40 at the Morgan exit, when he encountered a pothole that was about 2 metres long and 2-and-a-half metres wide. It was partly covered by water.
"From afar, you can't really tell that it's there," Brown says. "But as you get to about 15 feet in front of it, then you can really see the outline of it."
At the time, he had slowed down to about 80 kilometres an hour before hitting the brakes.
He says he then was thrown up into the air, landing on his nose in a snowbank on the driver's side, went airborne again, and then landed on the side of the road, on its roof.
He walked away from the accident uninjured, and then took pictures of the car, the skidmarks on the road, and the giant pothole itself.
And then, he contacted the town of Kirkland, which has indicated it's investigating the situation.
Photos: Matthew Brown