Driver escapes major injuries

A driver who failed to negotiate a right-hand turn off the Island Highway took out two vehicles and a railway crossing light Wednesday evening.

A driver who failed to negotiate a right-hand turn off the Island Highway took out two vehicles and a railway crossing light Wednesday evening.

Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman, said the female drive of a Ford Focus was headed southbound on the highway when she tried to turn right onto Jingle Pot Road near the pedestrian overpass.

The car flipped and rolled, hitting a Jeep Cherokee stopped at the lights and knocking over one of the railway crossing signals. The light, which warns of approaching trains, then tumbled onto a third vehicle, a newer-model Mazda, which was also stopped at the intersection.

The female driver of the Ford complained of a head injury and was taken to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital as a precaution. No one else was injured.

“She’s very lucky,” O’Brien said. “It could have been a lot worse.”

He said possible charges of making an improper right turn and driving too fast for road conditions are pending.