Woman seriously injured in crash south of Nanaimo

NANAIMO – Injured woman in hospital in Nanaimo following collision in South Wellington.

A 65-year-old woman is in hospital following a collision south of Nanaimo on the weekend.

The crash happened at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of the Island Highway and Morden Road in South Wellington, when according to police, a Toyota Corolla, travelling northbound on the highway passed through the intersection and swerved to avoid another car making a turn onto the highway from Morden Road and collided with utility pole.

The 67-year-old male driver of the Toyota was not seriously injured, but his wife, who was the passenger, had was taken to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.

“The injuries were believed to be minor, but she took a turn for the worse,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman.

A plan to airlift the woman to Victoria General Hospital was cancelled after her condition improved in Nanaimo and she is now reported to be in stable condition.

O’Brien said speed did not appear to be a factor in the crash, but roads at the time were wet and slippery.

Police are continuing their investigation.