Emergency crews are at the scene of a serious crash along the old Island Highway near Country Club Centre. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

UPDATE: Motorcyclist dies after three-vehicle crash on old Island Highway in Nanaimo

Accident happened at 12:15 p.m. Friday near Country Club Centre

A motorcyclist died in a three-vehicle crash on the old Island Highway in Nanaimo.

First responders were called to the old Island Highway and Norwell Drive on Friday at 12:15 p.m.

The drivers of the two other vehicles involved were taken to hospital for treatment of minor injuries, according to a Nanaimo RCMP press release.

Northbound lanes are closed and police are asking motorists to avoid northbound travel around that location if possible, noting via social media that the lanes will be closed for some time. Drive B.C. notes that an assessment is in progress and the road is closed with a detour via 107th Street to Norwell Drive.

“The coroner has been advised and at this point it’s undetermined what caused the accident,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman. “The investigation will involve witness statements, the traffic analysts’ report and, of course, in consultation with the coroners service throughout the investigation.”

O’Brien said the notification of the man’s death to next of kin would be done Friday.

The B.C. Coroners Service did not immediately have any further information.

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