A female motorist is lucky to be alive after crossing the centre line on the Cumberland connector and colliding head-on with a garbage truck.

Head-on collision outside Courtenay sends one to hospital

Car crosses centre line on Comox Valley Parkway, hits garbage truck

  • Jul. 30, 2016 6:00 a.m.

Terry Farrell

Record staff

A female motorist is in hospital with non-life threatening injuries after a horrific crash on the Comox Valley Parkway, Friday afternoon.

The driver of a black 1996 Pontiac sedan was travelling into Courtenay from Highway 19 (the inland highway) when she crossed the centre line into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with a garbage truck, then started spinning. An oncoming panel van then also collided with the garbage truck in an effort to avoid hitting the car.

Both truck drivers escaped unscathed. Firefighters had to use the jaws of life to extricate the driver of the car.

The speed limit on the Cumberland connector is 80 km/h. Police say the collision happened just before the speed zone slows to 50 km/h, where the road enters the city limits.

“It’s typical this time of year, B.C. long weekend sees approximately 385 collisions on average on Vancouver Island alone, with 85 injuries,” Const. Chris Mousseau of North Island Traffic Services (RCMP) told CTV Vancouver Island. “So again we’d like to remind the public to slow down, take your time and plan your trips accordingly. Abstain from drugs and alcohol. We will be out there checking for that.”

–With files from CTV Vancouver Island

 

Just Posted

Comox Valley teacher suspended for professional misconduct

Grade 8 shop teacher admits to use of vulgar language and profanities toward students

Comox Valley rider top Island fundraiser for hospice bike ride

The Valley’s Raida Bolton rode in her inaugural ride in memory of her dad

Ringworm outbreak closes Comox petting zoo for a second time

Town staff discovered the infection in Pepper, an Alpine goat, on July 22.

Cumberland fined for wastewater non-compliance issues

Council moves to get legal advice and appeal penalties of more than $85,000

Comox celebrates Pride Week

On Monday, July 22, Mayor Russ Arnott raised the Pride Flag at… Continue reading

VIDEO: Missing teens named as suspects in three northern B.C. killings

Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky are wanted in the deaths of Lucas Fowler, Chynna Deese, unknown man

Cumberland has Pride

Pride Flag raised in village

Northern B.C. double homicide, suspicious death: A timeline of what we know

Two teens from Port Alberni are now wanted Canada-wide in connection to the three deaths

B.C. wine industry legend Harry McWatters dies

Among his accomplishments, McWatters founded the province’s first estate winery, Sumac Ridge Estate

Provincial health body refuses to release full findings of cancer triage system audit

Information and Privacy Commissioner asked to review redactions

Southern resident killer whale died of blunt trauma, likely from ship

J34 was found more than two years ago near Sechelt, but the necropsy findings have now been released

B.C. rail crossing death highlights risks for people in wheelchairs: watchdog

Transportation Safety Board points to ‘persistent risks faced by persons using assistive devices’

B.C. teens wanted in double homicide, suspicious death spotted in Manitoba

Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky were thought to have been seen in the Gillam area

Vancouver Island man wanted after walking away from halfway house in Victoria

Warrant issued for Jesse Goodale, convicted of aggravated assault

Most Read