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Crash sends three teenagers to hospital

Alcohol contributed to a rollover accident that sent three teenagers to hospital on the weekend, police say.

Ladysmith RCMP said the crash happened on Adshead Road about 2:15 a.m. Sunday when an 18-year-old male driver lost control of his truck after leaving a party.

The truck rolled several times, ejecting one passenger through the sunroof before it came to rest in a grassy field. The driver was able to get out of the vehicle, but his other passenger was pinned under the truck.

No one was wearing seat-belts and all three males were taken to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.

The driver and one passenger were released later that morning.

Cpl. Doug Brayley, Ladysmith RCMP spokesman, said a broken nose suffered by the passenger pinned under the truck was the most serious injury from the wreck. He was admitted to hospital for treatment.

"At first it was reported as a fatal because the vehicle rolled over on one of the occupants, but it was just a broken nose," said Brayley. "He was very lucky."

Ppolice are still investigating and charges against the driver are expected.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Ladysmith RCMP at 250-245-2215 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com.

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