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Six sent to hospital after crash on Alberni Highway

Six people were sent to hospital — two of them by helicopter — after a two-vehicle collision Sunday at the Little Qualicum Falls provincial Park intersection that closed the Alberni Highway for four hours. Coombs Hilliers Volunteer Firefighters, B.C. Ambulance Paramedics and the Oceanside RCMP responded the scene at 2:15 p.m. Sunday. Oceanside RCMP say the investigation revealed that a driver of a black Acura sedan turned left from the turn lane to proceed into the provincial park. According to police, the driver drove directly in front of an oncoming Toyota SUV that was westbound. There were four occupants in the Acura; two passengers suffered significant (unknown) injuries and were airlifted in separate B.C. Ambulance helicopters to hospital. The other two occupants were taken to hospital by ground ambulance for observation of minor injuries. The driver and passenger in the SUV were also taken to hospital by ambulance for observation. Police said speed and alcohol were not factors and charges are being considered.           — NEWS Staff

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