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Crash closes Nanaimo Parkway

A paramedic and firefighter study the aftermath of a collision between a transport truck and a Hyundai car at the Nanaimo Parkway and Fifth Street intersection Thursday afternoon. The driver of the Hyundai was airlifted to Victoria General Hospital with head injuries. - CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin
A paramedic and firefighter study the aftermath of a collision between a transport truck and a Hyundai car at the Nanaimo Parkway and Fifth Street intersection Thursday afternoon. The driver of the Hyundai was airlifted to Victoria General Hospital with head injuries.
— image credit: CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

A Nanaimo woman was airlifted to Victoria General Hospital Thursday after her car collided with a transport truck.

The accident happened shortly before 3 p.m. when the 25-year-old woman drove her Hyundai Tiburon eastbound from College Drive across the Nanaimo Parkway intersection toward Fifth Street and collided with a 10-ton Mack transport truck carrying a load of live seafood, police said.

The woman's car appeared to have been hit on the passenger side and sustained heavy damage.

The impact carried both vehicles about 25 metres north of the intersection and came to a halt with the car facing northbound in the passing lane and the truck straddling the concrete median barriers.

The woman was rushed to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital and then airlifted to Victoria General Hospital.

"She's got significant head injuries," said Const. Gary O'Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman. "She was medevacced to Victoria. The family has been advised."

No injuries were reported to have been sustained by the male driver of the transport truck.

No other vehicles were involved.

Police closed north and southbound lanes of the Parkway for about 30 minutes until emergency vehicles could clear the scene. The southbound lanes remained closed and Parkway traffic was rerouted through town until until about 5:30 p.m.

Police are still trying to determine who had the right of way at the intersection and the factors that lead to the accident are still under investigation.

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