A woman was taken to hospital but appeared to escape serious injury after her car left Highway 19 and crashed into a light pole early Friday afternoon.
Parksville firefighters pried open the passenger door of the Chevrolet Impala sedan to extract the victim. She was alert and interacting with responders while being fitted with a neck brace and placed on a stretcher for transport.
There were no other passengers in the car, and no other vehicles were involved.
The Feb. 3 incident occurred about 1 p.m., following a morning of steady snowfall in the region. The highway was wet but did not appear to be frozen or snow-covered at the time of the crash.
The woman was traveling northbound on Highway 19 when her car left the road just after crossing the overpass at the weigh station south of Parksville. It stopped with its passenger doors against a pole alongside the merge lane of the northbound on-ramp from Highway 19A.
B.C. Ambulance personnel were first on the scene and were quickly joined by responders from the Parksville Volunteer Fire Department and Oceanside RCMP.
— NEWS Staff