News

Man airlifted to Victoria after driving into side of building in Alberni

A car sits on the sidewalk on Mar Street after the driver ran into the side of the old Zellers building at Third Avenue and Mar. One man was airlifted to hospital with life-threatening injuries. - JERRY FEVENS/Special to the News
A car sits on the sidewalk on Mar Street after the driver ran into the side of the old Zellers building at Third Avenue and Mar. One man was airlifted to hospital with life-threatening injuries.
— image credit: JERRY FEVENS/Special to the News

A man has been airlifted to hospital in Victoria after suffering life-threatening injuries in a single-vehicle accident in Port Alberni's uptown, Thursday morning (March 27, 2014).

"At 9:26 a.m. a series of 911 calls started coming in for a single vehicle that crashed into a building at Third Avenue and Mar Street," Port Alberni RCMP Cpl. Jen Allan said. "The vehicle had been (travelling) north on Third Avenue and went off road into the building at the northeast corner of the four-way stop intersection."

The car smashed into one of the windows of the former Zellers building, which has been vacant for the past year. Construction crews have done some work to the building, now owned by Coulson Group. It is not known if anyone was in the building at the time of the crash.

The driver of the grey sedan was the sole occupant of the vehicle, Allan said. He was transported to West Coast General Hospital and flown out to Victoria. The driver appeared to be the only person injured in the accident, she added.

"Because of the level of injury, we will be calling upon our reconstructionist for assistance with this investigation," she added.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Tour de Rock community party a hairy affair in Port Alberni
 
Alberni waives Glenwood rental fee for Remembrance Day
 
City of Alberni to log on to social media
Injured puppy gets air rescue
 
Farrah Fawcett dies age 62
 
Council delegations have plenty to say
Spill could kill tourism, shellfish, say Parksville protesters
 
Meet the patron saint of health and happiness
 
The Week — Dec. 22

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 16 edition online now. Browse the archives.