Driver falls asleep, hits the ditch in Union Bay

A driver whose vehicle left the pavement on Island Highway South in Union Bay and crashed into a deep ditch about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday told Comox Valley RCMP that he might have fallen asleep at the wheel.

He and a passenger were trapped inside the vehicle before being freed by the Union Bay and Cumberland fire departments.

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The passenger was airlifted to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police said alcohol and speed do not appear to have been factors.

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