Two Bowser residents were lucky to escape serious injury when their vehicle careened off Lions Way in Qualicum Beach and slammed into several poles before finally coming to a stop.
The crash happened at 7 p.m. Wednesday night when the driver of a 2005 Chevy Cavalier, a 23-year-old Bowser man, swerved to avoid an oncoming vehicle and lost control of the car.
Oceanside RCMP Sergeant Darrell Robertson said the vehicle was being driven north bound at excessive speed on damp roads, when a southbound vehicle was turning left.
In an effort to avoid a collision, the driver swerved and the car left the road colliding with several poles before coming to a stop.
Fortunately, Robertson said, both air bags deployed upon impact, saving the driver and his 15-year-old female passenger from serious injury.
The driver has been charged under the Motor Vehicle Act for driving too fast for road conditions.