Cyclist seriously injured in collision on Trans-Canada Highway in Duncan

Cyclist seriously injured in collision on Trans-Canada Highway in Duncan
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North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP say a cyclist was injured in a collision on the Trans-Canada Highway in Duncan.

A cyclist was seriously injured in a crash on the Trans-Canada Highway in Duncan last Friday, police said.

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP said shortly after 12 p.m. on Nov. 15, a police officer who was assigned to the Integrated Road Safety Unit heard a collision nearby while she was working along the Trans-Canada Highway.

The officer got to the scene of the crash, between a cyclist and a vehicle, within seconds. She began giving medical assistance to the male cyclist, with assistance from a couple of witnesses. After the BC Ambulance Service (BCAS) arrived, the man was taken to a local hospital. He was then airlifted to another hospital on Vancouver Island.

Police said the cyclist was from Duncan.

Part of the highway was closed down while a traffic analyst investigated but it fully reopened after 2.5 hours. Police said the initial investigation revealed a cyclist rode across four lanes of traffic on the Trans-Canada Highway during a heavy traffic time and may not have been wearing a helmet.

“Motor vehicle incidents can be traumatic to those involved and who witnessed them. Cowichan Valley Reginal RCMP Victim Services attended to assist and continues to follow up with persons affected by this incident,” Const. Pamela Bolton, North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP media relations officer, said in a statement.

“The North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP would like to thank the public who stayed on scene to assist the officers helping the cyclist as well as providing their accounts of the incident to further the investigation.”


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