Car flips on Island Highway

Two people were hospitalized after their car flipped on the Inland Island Highway on the long weekend.

A pair of Victoria-area residents were taken to hospital when their northbound car flipped over on the Inland Island Highway south of Courtenay near the McLeod Road overpass at about 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

The Chrysler Neon landed in a ditch of waist-deep water. There were no witnesses.

The woman’s head was trapped between the vehicle and a log. Cumberland firefighters freed her by elevating the car — which was shifting — and by cutting through metal.

The man was taken by ambulance to St. Joseph’s General Hospital. The woman was airlifted to Victoria to be treated for a major laceration to the side of her head. “The passenger appears to be fine,” Comox Valley RCMP Const. Don Sinclair said. “We have no indication of why or how the accident occurred.”