Hundreds of cars were lined up to at least Arbutus Meadows on the southbound lane of Highway 19 on Friday, April 20 due to a crash in the Nanoose Bay area near Hillview Road that caused a huge traffic line-up in both directions for hours from about 4 p.m. into the evening. (ADAM KVETON/Black Press)

UPDATED: Nanaimo man dies after highway crash in Nanoose Bay Friday afternoon

Accident happened just before 4 p.m. near Hillview Road.

Emergency crews were on scene at a highway crash in Nanoose Bay where a man died on Friday afternoon.

The vehicle accident happened on Highway 19 at Hillview Road, according to RCMP Central Vancouver Island Traffic Services.

A man and a woman from Nanaimo were harvesting shellfish at Nanoose flats, at the tidal pool, according to traffic services. They made a U-turn and they turned in front of a tandem axle truck. They were thrown across, the man died instantly and the woman was airlifted by helicopter to Victoria.

Roads re-opened at about 7:30 p.m. Friday night.

Nanoose Volunteer Fire Department chief Doug Penny estimates traffic stretched as far as the exit by Buckerfield’s in Parksville to Aulds Road in Nanaimo.

“I thank the public, those who were patient and understanding,” said Penny. “The RCMP and everyone has to do their investigation to make sure they get it right. They only get one chance to get it right. Some people get rather irate and they take it out on the RCMP and our first responders and all the people that are out there. We don’t want to be out there.”

This is the second fatality in a month in the Nanoose corridor, which traffic services said is a high-risk driving area.

The investigation is ongoing.



editor@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

B.C. storm totals $37M in insured damages

The December storm wreaked havoc on B.C.’s south coast

Qualicum Beach council big on support for multi-use cinema proposal

Society asks for 10,000 square feet, gets recommendation to consider with strategic plan

Lincoln stolen from Parksville dealership found near Duncan

Vehicle was located three days later with minor damage

Ballenas student experiment going into space

Science experiment designed by five SD69 students will travel to International Space Station

Fire engulfs trailer, vehicle and home in Bowser

The fire began around 6:45 p.m. at a property on Laurel Crescent

Trudeau says politicians shouldn’t prey on Canadians’ fears

The Prime Minister was speaking at a townhall in Ontario

Thieves steal thousands from 140 Coast Capital Savings members

Online fraud tactics included phising and ‘brute force’ in November and December

Condo rental bans may be on way out with B.C. empty home tax

Many exemptions to tax, but annual declarations required

B.C. boy, aunt missing for three days

The pair are missing from Kamloops

Daredevil changes game plan to jump broken White Rock pier

Brooke Colby tells council daredevil event would help boost waterfront business

Liberal bows out of byelection after singling out Jagmeet Singh’s race

Karen Wang says she made comments online that referenced Singh’s cultural background

Truck hauling compressed gas for ‘virtual pipeline’ crashes on B.C. highway

Driver charged and highway closed for nine hours - containers did not rupture

Teen with diabetes told ‘no food’ on public B.C. bus

B. C. Transit apologizes, saying it will look into food and drink policy

Most Read