Three people were taken to hospital after a pickup truck and a sedan collided on the Trans-Canada Highway near Nanaimo Airport on Saturday, March 13. (Black Press file photo)

Three people were taken to hospital after a pickup truck and a sedan collided on the Trans-Canada Highway near Nanaimo Airport on Saturday, March 13. (Black Press file photo)

Three people injured in highway crash in front of Nanaimo Airport

Sedan and pickup collided Saturday at Trans-Canada Highway and Timberlands Road

Three people were injured in a two-vehicle collision on the Trans-Canada Highway in front of Nanaimo Airport on the weekend.

The crash occurred Saturday, March 13, just after 5 p.m. at the Timberlands Road intersection. Four ambulances and a helicopter responded to the scene along with Ladysmith RCMP and Cranberry Volunteer Fire Department.

Staff Sgt. Janelle Shoihet, RCMP senior media liaison officer, said in an e-mail that Ladysmith RCMP officers determined a sedan had been travelling southbound on the highway when it collided with a pickup truck turning left off the highway.

Shoihet said the 49-year-old woman driving the sedan and her 57-year-old male passenger, both from Chemainus, were airlifted to hospital with injuries, “which were later determined to be non-life-threatening.” Alex Mattes, B.C. Ambulance Service regional unit chief, said the patients flown to hospital were in serious but stable condition. Shoihet said the 23-year-old Lantzville man who had been driving the pickup was taken to a local hospital for assessment, while the pickup’s passenger, a 26-year-old Ladysmith man, was uninjured.

A RCMP collision reconstructionist was called to assist with the investigation into the crash. Impairment has been ruled out as a factor and the investigation is continuing.

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