A firefighter inspects the damage to a Toyota sedan in the aftermath of a serious accident that occurred when the car and a Chevy pickup collided at the intersection of the Nanaimo Parkway and Northfield Road Tuesday.

A firefighter inspects the damage to a Toyota sedan in the aftermath of a serious accident that occurred when the car and a Chevy pickup collided at the intersection of the Nanaimo Parkway and Northfield Road Tuesday.

UPDATE: Crash closes Nanaimo Parkway for several hours

NANAIMO – Crash sends two people to hospital and snarls Nanaimo Parkway traffic for several hours while police investigate scene.

As crash between a car and a pickup truck closed the Nanaimo Parkway for eight hours Tuesday.

The collision happened at about 4 p.m. when, according to witness statements to police, it appeared the driver of a 2008 Toyota Camry turned left on a red light from Northfield Road onto the Nanaimo Parkway and was broadsided by a 2002 GMC Sierra pickup, driven by a 63-year-old man, proceeding through a green light.

The 74-year-old woman driving the Toyota was taken to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital for a head injury requiring stitches and several broken ribs. She is expected to make a full recovery, according to police.

The driver of the pickup was uninjured, but his passenger was taken to hospital for a knee injury.

A section of the Nanaimo Parkway, from Jingle Pot Road to Mostar Road intersection, was closed, which backed up traffic while the collision was investigated.

An RCMP traffic analyst was on scene until 11:45 p.m. and was assisted by Nanaimo RCMP.

Speed and alcohol have been ruled out as contributing factors, but investigators are following up on whether the woman driving the Camry was using her cellphone at the time of the collision.