One patient was airlifted from East Wellington firehall following a crash on Jingle Pot Road on Saturday afternoon. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

One patient was airlifted from East Wellington firehall following a crash on Jingle Pot Road on Saturday afternoon. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

UPDATE: Police say SUV driver crossed centre line in East Wellington crash

Woman sustained serious injuries, required extrication from vehicle

Police say an SUV driver lost control and crossed the centre line leading to a serious crash in Nanaimo’s East Wellington area on Saturday.

A patient was airlifted to hospital after a crash on Jingle Pot Road, near Kilpatrick Road and Meadow Drive, at about 3:30 p.m. May 23. East Wellington Fire Department, B.C. Ambulance Service and Nanaimo RCMP responded to the emergency call.

A Dodge pickup truck and a GMC sports utility vehicle were involved in the crash. A Nanaimo RCMP press release notes that investigation has determined that the SUV was heading southbound prior to the collision. The 19-year-old driver of the SUV “lost control of his vehicle … crossed the centre line and collided with a northbound pickup,” the release notes.

The 19-year-old female passenger of the SUV had to be extricated from the vehicle. She sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries and was subsequently airlifted from the meadow behind the East Wellington fire hall.

The driver of the SUV sustained minor injuries and an infant who was also in the vehicle was not injured. Both were transported to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital for observation.

The 33-year-old male driver of the pickup was not injured.

The investigation is continuing.

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First responders were on scene of an accident on Jingle Pot Road near Kilpatrick Road the afternoon of May 23. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

First responders were on scene of an accident on Jingle Pot Road near Kilpatrick Road the afternoon of May 23. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)