Police and the BC Coroner’s Service are investigating a single-vehicle crash that resulted in the death of a 35-year-old man near Parksville.
Police say it happened at 10:02 p.m. Friday. Soon after first responders received reports that a vehicle had driven off the Inland Island Highway and rolled.
It appears the vehicle was travelling northbound and struck the Exit 51 turnoff sign before rolling and coming to rest on its roof in the grassy median between Inland Island Highway and the off-ramp to Highway 4A.
An air ambulance was dispatched to the scene and transported a 35-year-old female driver to a hospital. Both occupants were from the Oceanside area. BC Coroner’s Service, BC Highway Patrol were also on scene.
In a release issued Saturday night, BC Highway Patrol says it would “like to thank all of the many people who stopped to render aid, to the Oceanside RCMP and to the Fire and Ambulance crews for their assistance on the scene.”
BC Highway Patrol Parksville is seeking to speak with any witnesses, anyone in attendance at the crash or anyone with dashcam video.
One witness tells CHEK News that multiple people called 911 and it seemed they were waiting for more than five minutes to get through to a dispatcher.
CHEK News has reached out to British Columbia Emergency Health Services for comment.
Police re-opened the off-ramp to traffic at four o’clock Saturday morning.
This is a developing story and will be updated when more information becomes available.