Fire crews, RCMP and BC Ambulance attended an accident at Beaufort Picnic Area in Cameron Lake, just 20k from Qualicum Beach. — Adam Kveton photo

VIDEO: Man extracted from vehicle eight hours after accident near Cameron Lake

People making pit stop at picnic area made crash discovery

A man who was in a single-vehicle accident at approximately 3 a.m. today, was discovered six-and-a-half hours later by people who made a pit stop at Beaufort Picnic area in Cameron Lake, some 20 kilometres away from Qualicum Beach.

The man was extracted from the vehicle by fire crews at about 11 a.m., who along with the RCMP and BC Ambulance, attended the scene. The man was taken to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital with possible exposure and head injuries.

The vehicle was found off the road towards the lake, and was partially hidden from view from passing drivers.

Ed Porcher, Jason Coert and Charlie Mugford, the three men who found the driver, said the driver had attracted their attention by calling out for help, and said the driver was coherent when they found him.

The supervising RCMP officer at the scene said the cause of the accident has not yet been determined. However, the man in the car told the people who found him that he swerved to avoid an animal.

Traffic along the Alberni Highway was disrupted and flowed alternately.

Just Posted

Thief in Nanaimo steals tablet from vehicle, tries to make online purchases

RCMP remind motorists not to leave valuables in vehicles overnight

RDN grants $1.1 million for replacement of leaky pipes in Cedar

Tender for installation of PVC pipe on Cedar Road area closes Oct. 9

Fire official deems morning fire at Nanaimo school suspicious

Nanaimo Fire Rescue extinguishes fire at portable at École Océane

Nanaimo hotel tax set to go up

Hospitality association lays out five-year plan for tourism in Nanaimo

Tour de Rock ready to start making its way down Vancouver Island

Tour de Rock takes place Sept. 21 to Oct. 4

Kids meet machines at diabetes research fundraiser at Nanaimo’s port

Meet a Machine was held Saturday at the Port of Nanaimo

B.C. Lions hype-man marks 15 years of cheers

Crazy P cheers, chants, bangs his drum and spreads a message of love

Island music trivia tournament a hit on World Alzheimer’s Day

More than $13,000 raised by people naming that tune

Festival parade ‘jazzes’ up downtown Nanaimo

Nanaimo International Jazz Festival closes with Laila Biali Trio Sunday

Opposition to 388 Machleary proposal over-extends public hearing

Nanaimo residents 10-1 against development plan in Old City Quarter, public hearing to be continued

Nanaimo Astronomy Society guest will talk about array of antennas

Guest speaker tells about working with 16-kilometre radio observatory in Chile

Nanaimo high school students cut class to attend climate action rally

Extinction Rebellion Nanaimo rally raises awareness, demands action against climate change

PHOTOS: Steller sea lion with plastic around neck rescued on Vancouver Island

Rescue staff determined the plastic band cut the protected animal’s neck approximately two inches

Nanaimo beekeepers take down nest of giant hornets

One nest eradicated at Robins Park, but there are still Asian giant hornets around

Most Read