A crash on the old Island Highway on Monday night took about six hours for crews to clear as a traffic reconstructionist was called in to assist. (The News Bulletin)

Drivers taken to hospital after serious crash in Nanaimo’s south end

Crews were on scene for six hours late Monday night and into the early-morning hours Tuesday

A two-vehicle crash in the south end sent both drivers to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The collision, which occurred at about 10:30 p.m. Monday at the intersection of the Island Highway and Tenth Street, closed both the highway’s southbound lanes for more than six hours.

According to police, the crash involved a southbound Nissan Micra, driven by a 40-year-old man, and a Dodge pickup driven by a 31-year-old man.

Investigators determined from the scene and from speaking with witnesses that the southbound Micra collided with the Dodge as the driver of the pickup made a left turn westbound onto Tenth Street.

The crash caused major structural damage to both vehicles and an RCMP traffic reconstructionist was called to help with the investigation.

Speed is believed to be a contributing factor. Drugs and alcohol have been ruled out. The investigation is continuing.

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