Vehicle in head-on crash might have been going in wrong direction: police

RCMP are looking into reports one of the vehicles involved in a head-on crash in Nanoose Bay was on the wrong side of the road.

Oceanside RCMP responded to Highway 19 near Northwest Bay Road around 12:20 a.m. after a Toyota Rav 4 collided with a Volkswagen Jetta.

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Two off-duty nurses on the way home after a shift came upon the wreckage and called 911, said Const. Shawn Parker of RCMP Central Island Traffic Services. They rendered emergency first aid to the driver of the Jetta, whose badly damaged vehicle was in the middle of the road. They could not reach the driver of the Rav 4, as it was tipped onto its passenger side in a ditch.

The Jetta was heading southbound on the highway. Investigators believe the Rav 4 was travelling northbound in the southbound lanes when the crash occurred.

The driver of the Jetta, a man in his 60s, was able to get out of the car on his own. He suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The Rav 4 driver, in his mid-20s, was airlifted to Victoria General Hospital, but medical staff determined his injuries were not serious, Parker said.

Central Island Traffic investigators collected evidence from the scene and are looking into speed and alcohol as factors, Parker said.

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