Johnston Road was blocked off in both directions on Tuesday, Dec. 28 due to a motor vehicle incident. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Johnston Road was blocked off in both directions on Tuesday, Dec. 28 due to a motor vehicle incident. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Motor vehicle crash closes Johnston Road in Port Alberni

At least one person had to be extricated from a vehicle

A highway in Port Alberni was closed for several hours after a two-vehicle crash near the Pacific Rim Shopping Centre.

At around 12:37 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 28, crews were called to a two-vehicle MVI on Johnston Road at Broughton Street. An RCMP officer who was en route to a different incident came upon the crash, which had just occurred.

The collision involved an older model Ford F250 and a later model Subaru Impreza Wagon. According to RCMP, a 44-year-old Port Alberni woman—who was a passenger in the Subaru—was airlifted to a larger area hospital “in what is believed to be serious condition.”

The two other occupants of the Subaru were not seriously injured, and the driver of the Ford—a 26-year-old man from Port Alberni—remained at the scene and cooperated with police.

A traffic reconstructionist was called to assist in the investigation. A portion of Johnston Road was closed for several hours in both directions and traffic had to be detoured.

At this point, RCMP say there are “no indications” as to what caused the collision.

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