Driver lucky to be alive after crash near Parksville

The man was still in Victoria General Hospital as of Wednesday, where he was airlifted from Nanaimo

A 19-year-old man is expected to survive what police are calling “a very bad accident” outside Parksville on Sunday evening.

The man remains in Victoria General Hospital, where he was airlifted from Nanaimo.

Central Vancouver Island Traffic Services (CVITS) Cpl. Mike Elston explained an accident at approximately 5 p.m. sent two drivers to hospital in Nanaimo — one who was later airlifted to Victoria — while traffic was stalled for hours.

“It was a significant accident,” Elston told The NEWS Tuesday afternoon. “(The driver) is lucky to have survived.”

He said no passengers were involved and both vehicles sustained major damage.  The incident is under police investigation.  Elston said police are currently speaking with witnesses and working with a collision deconstructionist.

According to a news release issued by Oceanside RCMP, a vehicle travelling southbound on Highway 19 appeared to cross the centre lawn median one kilometre north of the Englishman River.

The vehicle collided with a truck heading northbound towing a camper. Due to the impact of the collision, the truck and camper rolled over onto its roof.

Both the driver of the vehicle, the 19-year-old male, and the driver of the truck, a 59-year-old Victoria male were rushed to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital by ambulance. The driver of the truck was released with minor injuries.

Police said they have ruled out alcohol as a contributing factor in the collision.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Qualicum Beach volunteer Mark Watson honoured for 30 years of service at fire hall

‘He has such a good spirit in everything that he does’

MLAs say Parksville will better prepared for flooding emergencies

RDN receives $150K in funding for Englishman River Flood Hazard Mapping project

Campaign aims to raise $50K for young family of deceased Vancouver Island skydiver

James Smith, 34, died July 5 following incident in Nanoose Bay

B.C. sees 25 new COVID-19 cases, community exposure tracked

One death, outbreaks remain in two long-term care facilities

Comox Valley RCMP looking for missing woman

Ami Guthrie was last seen in Courtenay in early July

VIDEO: Vancouver Island cat missing 18 months reunited with family

Blue the cat found at Victoria museum 17 kilometres from home

VIDEO: Alberta man rescues baby eagle believed to be drowning in East Kootenay lake

Brett Bacon was boating on a lake in Windermere when he spotted the baby eagle struggling in the water

Vancouver Island business ad unintentionally features OK gesture linked to white supremacy

Innocuous ‘OK’ gesture in cleaning franchise advertisement gets flak on social media for ‘supposedly’ promoting white supremacy

Minivan driver’s speed a factor in fatal 2018 Malahat crash

Driver was travelling at 110 km/h in a construction zone

Conservationists raise concerns over state of care for grizzly cubs transferred to B.C. zoo

‘Let them be assessed now before their fate is sealed,’ urges B.C. conservationist Barb Murray

B.C.’s COVID-19 job recovery led by tourism, finance minister says

Okanagan a bright spot for in-province visitor economy

Lower Mainland YouTubers claim to be Kelowna display toilet ‘poopers’

RCMP can not speak to legitimacy of video, will be investigating

Most Read