6 people hurt, dog killed in Qualicum Beach crash

By Ian Holmes
August 16, 2018 - 2:16pm Updated: August 16, 2018 - 3:01pm

RCMP say two vehicles collided in a crash injuring six people, all from the Oceanside area, Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. on Hwy. 19A near Evanson Rd. in Qualicum Beach.Submitted/RCMP

Police say a southbound SUV crossed the centre line and hit an oncoming car in the shoulder of the northbound lane on Hwy. 19A in Qualicum Beach Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.Submitted/RCMP

QUALICUM BEACH — Six people were injured and a dog was killed in a head-on crash on Highway 19A in Qualicum Beach.

RCMP Sgt. Darrin Ramey of Central Island Traffic Services told NanaimoNewsNOW a southbound SUV crossed the double yellow centre line and hit an oncoming car Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. near Evanson Rd. 

“One person suffered from broken bones and the other with internal bleeding. Both were taken to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.”

Ramey said the person with internal bleeding has since been transferred to a Victoria hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

He said four other people were also hurt, while a dog in the SUV died as a result of the impact.

The 16-year-old behind the wheel of the SUV was ticketed for driving without due care and attention and took responsibility for the crash, according to Ramey.

“He spoke candidly with the police officers and told them what happened and the witness statements corroborated with the driver's statements. We're pretty sure of what happened.”

Ramey wouldn't expand on why the driver lost control since it's an active investigation, but said he was not impaired by drugs or alcohol.

Ramey said it was fortunate no pedestrians were injured since the crash occurred in the shoulder of the northbound lane near the Little Qualicum River bridge.

The stretch of highway was closed for two hours, but Ramey said luckily traffic could be detoured, causing minimal disruption for motorists.


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