Jaws of life used to free driver after Nanoose Bay crash

By NanaimoNewsNOW Staff
September 13, 2018 - 11:59am Updated: September 13, 2018 - 2:38pm

One of two vehicles involved in a crash on Hwy. 19 in Nanoose Bay Thursday morning. The crash sent one man to hospital.Submitted/RCMP

NANOOSE BAY — Two men were injured in a two vehicle crash on Hwy. 19 in Nanoose Bay which sent one vehicle down an embankment.

Oceanside RCMP Cpl. Mike Kane told NanaimoNewsNOW one vehicle trying to turn onto the highway from Summerset Rd. was hit by a southbound truck. He said the force of the Thursday morning crash sent the other vehicle down a slope off the northbound lane.

Kane said the occupant in the vehicle at the bottom of the slope was conscious and coherent when taken to hospital. He said the other driver was checked on scene and not hospitalized.

Nanoose Volunteer Fire Dept. chief Doug Penny said their crews were lowered by rope in order to then pry the motorist free.

“They took the jaws down with them and had to cut the roof off the vehicle to help ambulance and police get the patient out.”

The RCMP's Central Island Traffic Services division is investigating the crash.

Northbound traffic on Hwy. 19 was slowed for about three hours after the crash, which occured prior to 9 a.m.


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