Highway 4 was closed for nearly four hours Monday after an empty logging truck jackknifed across the highway and struck an oncoming SUV. — Dave Nikki Bull photo via Facebook

UPDATE: Highway 4 reopened near Coombs Junction after earlier incident

Driver of SUV sent to hospital with ‘non-life threatening injuries’

Two people were taken to hospital following a two-vehicle collision on Highway 4 just west of the Coombs Junction Monday morning, Feb. 26.

Sgt. Darrin Ramey, with the Central Vancouver Island Traffic Services, said at around 9:45 a.m. Monday, a logging truck carrying two empty trailers was heading westbound on Highway 4 when a car two vehicles in front stopped to turn left onto Brittain Boulevard.

The vehicle directly in front of the truck, Ramey said, managed to brake and go around the car waiting to turn left, “but the logging truck hit the brakes, jackknifed across the road and hit an oncoming eastbound SUV.”

The truck, Ramey said, was jackknifed from “ditch to ditch, and there was no way of getting around it.”

Ramey said the driver of the SUV was pinned inside the vehicle, but was able to communicate with first responders. The driver, he said, had injuries to her head and arm, but nothing life threatening. The passenger of the SUV, he said, had very light injuries. Both were taken to hospital by ambulance.

The truck driver sustained no injuries, Ramey said.

Highway 4 was closed for nearly four hours. Ramey said Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure were on scene, along with a collision reconstructionist.

Ramey said measurements were taken at the scene to determine whether or not weather was an issue in the accident.

The investigation, he said, is ongoing.

Drive BC first reported Monday (Feb. 26) at 9:51 a.m. that the highway was closed five kilometres west of the Coombs Junction with Highway 4A, near Brittain Boulevard.

— NEWS Staff

Just Posted

Port Alberni residents, city council divided on rules for cannabis stores

Public speaks up about pot at committee of the whole meeting

Port Alberni RCMP officers honoured for bravery

Five faced ‘violent, deranged’ male during break-in

Alberni Valley Bulldogs battle against top teams in the BCHL

Bulldogs split weekend games against Spruce Kings, Chiefs

Husky robbery suspect caught

A man suspected of robbing the Husky gas station and convenience store… Continue reading

BCHL Bulldogs are for sale

The Port Alberni Junior Hockey Society seeks a buyer after six full seasons of operation

Six students arrested, charged in sex assault probe at Toronto all-boys school

The school’s principal, Greg Reeves, described the video of the alleged sexual assault as ‘horrific’

Police looking into two more incidents at private Toronto all-boys’ school

Police and the school have said two of the prior incidents involved an alleged sexual assault

Bovine tuberculosis found in cow on southern B.C. farm

CFIA said the disease was found during slaughter and they are investigating

Air force getting more planes but has no one to fly them, auditor warns

The report follows several years of criticism over the Trudeau government’s decision not to launch an immediate competition to replace the CF-18s.

B.C.’s Esi Edugyan wins $100K Giller prize for Washington Black

Edugyan won her first Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2011 for Half-Blood Blues

Bolder action needed to reduce child poverty: Campaign 2000 report card

The report calls for the federal government to provide more funding to the provinces, territories and Indigenous communities to expand affordable, quality child care.

Judge bars US from enforcing Trump asylum ban

Protesters accused the migrants of being messy, ungrateful and a danger to Tijuana; complained about how the caravan forced its way into Mexico, calling it an “invasion.”

Ottawa Redblacks defensive back Jonathan Rose suspended for Grey Cup

Rose was flagged for unnecessary roughness and ejected for contacting an official with 37 seconds left in the first half following a sideline melee after a Tiger-Cats reception.

Mistrial declared in Dennis Oland’s retrial in father’s murder

The verdict from Oland’s 2015 murder trial was set aside on appeal in 2016 and a new trial ordered. Richard Oland, 69, was found dead in his Saint John office on July 7, 2011.

Most Read