Nanoose Bay Volunteer Fire Department fire crews check on a Ford SUV that crashed on an embankment on Island Highway 19 near Arbutus Meadows on Wednesday, Jan. 29. (Michael Briones photo)

Nanoose Bay Volunteer Fire Department fire crews check on a Ford SUV that crashed on an embankment on Island Highway 19 near Arbutus Meadows on Wednesday, Jan. 29. (Michael Briones photo)

Driver escapes serious injury after SUV crashes off-road in Nanoose Bay

Oceanside RCMP investigating cause of mishap

A man escaped serious injuries after his vehicle went off-road and crashed on an embankment along Highway 19A, just across Dawson Road near Arbutus Meadows in Nanoose Bay on Wednesday afternoon.

Oceanside RCMP officers were on-scene, along with the Nanoose Bay Volunteer Fire Department and BC Ambulance personnel.

According to RCMP Staff Sgt. Marc Pelletier, who was at the scene, the red Ford SUV vehicle that crashed was travelling north to Parksville.

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Another motorist who was following the SUV told police the vehicle suddenly veered right, hit a concrete island and then soared onto an embankment. The SUV driver, alone in his vehicle, was up on his feet but appeared to be shaken. He was attended to by ambulance personnel. Pelletier indicated the man did not appear to suffer any serious injuries.

Fire crews had to use a chainsaw to cut the shrubs around the vehicle in order for it to be extracted by a tow truck.

Police are still investigating the incident.

Michael.Briones@pqbnews.com

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