UPDATED – Man dies after medical emergency leads to accident in Cannington

A 69-year-old North Durham man is dead after a medical emergency led to a single-vehicle accident in Cannington Wednesday (Nov. 15) morning.

According to the Durham Regional Police, the crash occurred on Cameron Street shortly before 11 a.m.

Police said witnesses reported that the  black GMC pickup truck was travelling westbound on Cameron Street at a slow rate of speed when the vehicle mounted the curb and a hit a utility pole before coming to a stop on the boulevard.

“An off duty fire official broke a widow to gain access to the driver and rendered first aid until paramedics arrived.  The driver was rushed to hospital in Lindsay where he was pronounced (dead).  It’s believed the driver experienced a medical emergency, which led to the collision,” a media release about the collision said.

Earlier in the day, Fire Chief Rick Harrison had reported the victim – whose name has not been released – likely suffered a heart attack prior to the accident.

Cameron Street was closed for several hours for the police investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident or witnessed this collision is asked to call the Traffic Services Branch at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5213. Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.