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Accidents close down McBride

Rescue workers work on pulling a 73-year-old woman from the wreckage of a vehicle involved in a collision at Sixth Avenue and McBride Boulevard Sunday. - Shane MacKichan
Rescue workers work on pulling a 73-year-old woman from the wreckage of a vehicle involved in a collision at Sixth Avenue and McBride Boulevard Sunday.
— image credit: Shane MacKichan

An elderly woman had to be extracted from her vehicle by the Jaws of Life in the second of two accidents on McBride Boulevard Sunday.

New Westminster police say the 73-year-old was the passenger in a vehicle that was attempting to make a left turn off McBride onto Sixth Avenue about 6:20 p.m. when it was hit by another vehicle headed toward the Pattullo Bridge. She was taken to Royal Columbian Hospital with serious, but not life threatening, injuries, police said. Police have issued the driver of the car she was riding in a ticket for making an illegal left turn.

The first collision occurred at about 11:40 a.m. and involved three vehicles. NWPD said the initial investigation determined a Nissan Maxima headed toward the Pattullo lost control on the gradual curve leading up to bridge and went into the oncoming lane where it hit a flatbed truck. The Nissan then hit a second northbound vehicle.

The car's driver, a 22-year-old Surrey man, suffered significant lower body injuries and was taken to hospital where he remained in serious but stable condition Monday.

McBride's southbound lanes were closed for several hours as the NWPD's collision reconstruction team processed the scene. Police said alcohol and speed are being investigated as contributing factors. Witnesses or anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Const. Tomas Graham at 604-525-5411.

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