Courtenay Fire Department members extricated a man from his vehicle following a single MVA on Wednesday morning along the Old Island Highway. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Driver takes out power pole south of Courtenay

One person taken to hospital, as traffic backed up along Old Island Highway

Power was knocked out and one person taken away by ambulance following a single MVA on Wednesday morning.

First responders were called to the scene shortly after 10 a.m. at the 3700 block of the Old Island Highway after a Mercedes sedan left the road and took out a power pole. The vehicle came to halt facing north but on the southbound side of the highway. The location of the accident is in the south Courtenay-Royston area.

Members from the Courtenay Fire Department worked to extricate a man from the vehicle by stretcher. The driver was then taken from the scene by ambulance.

A flagging crew was directing vehicles along the highway to a detour, as traffic, though lighter than usual, was still backed up.

The power pole was knocked flat on the side of the road, with a live wire reported to be attached. The fire department said power was out in the area as a result of the accident. There is presently no information on the BC Hydro website to indicate the extent of the power outage or how long it is expected to be out.

READ MORE: One person dead following late-night crash in the Comox Valley

The Record has contacted Comox Valley RCMP for more details about the accident and the condition of the driver.

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