RCMP Police Dog Services assist with the investigation after a sedan crashed off the side of the Island Highway northbound near Rumming Road in Lantzville on Sunday night. GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin

UPDATE: Man thrown from vehicle in Lantzville crash in critical condition

Accident happened along Island Highway near Rumming Road on Sunday night

A man remains in critical condition in a Victoria hospital after he was thrown from his vehicle in a rollover crash on the side of the highway in Lantzville on Sunday night.

The accident happened at about 9:30 p.m. on the Island Highway just south of Rumming Road. A northbound Volkswagen sedan went off the shoulder of the highway northbound and down an embankment, ending up on its side.

Emergency personnel said one man was taken to hospital with injuries that were unknown, but serious enough that a traffic reconstructionist was expected to attend the scene.

“The vehicle struck and sheared off a lamp standard, rolled,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman. “The driver was ejected.”

O’Brien said excessive speed is one of the possible contributors to the crash being investigated based on a statement from a witness to the crash.

The driver, a 25-year-old man from “a community north of Nanaimo” was taken to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital with “significant injuries” and then flown to a hospital in Victoria, O’Brien said.

“The driver’s still in hospital in critical condition,” he said.

RCMP Police Dog Services was also there to assist with the investigation, as it initially wasn’t known if there might have been a second occupant of the sedan.

RCMP, Lantzville Fire Rescue and B.C. Ambulance Service were on scene.

Northbound traffic was continuing to move with one lane remaining open.

The driver’s family has been notified, O’Brien said, the accident remains under investigation and no charges had been recommended by police as of Monday morning.

To read about other recent car crashes in the area, click here.



editor@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

One person hurt in crash at busy Nanaimo intersection

Minivan, sport utility vehicle collide at old Island Highway, Bowen Road and Norwell Drive

UPDATE: Man who was missing has been located

Search and rescue teams, RCMP were involved in search in south Nanaimo

Suspect hits woman with pipe, jumps into waiting truck in downtown Nanaimo

RCMP asking for help from any motorists who might have dashcam footage from Oct. 12

Hundreds of Island leaders expected at next week’s summit in Nanaimo

State of the Island economic summit happens Oct. 23-24 at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre

City of Nanaimo looking at closing two lanes of Front Street, adding bike lanes

City councillors to discuss $400,000 project at finance and audit committee meeting Oct. 16

UPDATE: Man who was missing has been located

Search and rescue teams, RCMP were involved in search in south Nanaimo

Woman, 24, faces life-altering injuries after being dragged 4 blocks by vehicle in Vancouver

A gofundme account says the woman will have to undergo multiple complex surgeries

Fatal overdoses down by 33% in B.C., but carfentanil deaths continue to spike

Carfentanil, an illicit drug more powerful than fentanyl, causing more deaths than ever

Two RCMP vehicles vandalized in Duncan over long weekend

Local Mounties asking for help in finding culprits

A year after pot legalization in Canada, it’s a slow roll

It’s one year into Canada’s experiment in legal marijuana, and hundreds of legal pot shops have opened

ELECTION 2019: Climate strikes push environment to top of mind for federal leaders

Black Press Media presents a three-part series on three big election issues

ICBC willing to loosen grip on driver claim data, David Eby says

Private insurers say claims record monopoly keeps them out

Most Read