One of the drivers involved in a crash with a camper van going the wrong way on the Upper Levels in West Vancouver Wednesday believed he was lucky to be alive after he rolled over in the second. last to avoid a direct head-on collision.
“I literally had like a second to react and turn to the right. They caught us on the end of our tail and we just flew through the air. We were literally turning,” Quinton Spence said of the ordeal. “There was a lot of it. The glass that exploded in our eyes, that went in our mouths and stuff.”
Spence’s car came to rest on its wheels facing the wrong direction and he and his brother, who was in the car with him, managed to escape serious injury.
A truck driver also swerved to avoid the camper van but lost control and rolled down the embankment.
Spence said he ran to see if the people in the truck were hurt.
“I saw an old man. He was sitting on a tree or something like that and his wife was holding him, he was trying not to cry,” he said. “He had blood all over his face and some blood coming out of his eye.”
After the truck swerved out of its way, the RV hit a red car head on, causing significant damage to both vehicles.
The van rests on its side on top of the car.
A total of six people were injured in the accidents, including two who went to the hospital with serious injuries.
Police have not yet identified which ramp the wrong-way driver may have used to enter the freeway but the closest to the crash site is on 22nd Avenue.
It is clearly marked with “Do Not Enter” and “Wrong Way” signs.
Wednesday’s accident was not the first on the stretch of road caused by a driver going the wrong way.
In June 2014, a van traveling eastbound on the westbound lanes collided with several vehicles.
Six people were also hospitalized in that crash, including a small child who required surgery.
At the time, West Van Police said they believed the van driver was impaired.
Investigators have not said whether they still think that was the case with the 20-year-old woman who got behind the wheel of the camper van Wednesday.
“It is early in this investigation and we hope to determine the cause and all of this,” Const. Nicole Braithwaite said.
At the crash site, a cannabis plant may have been found among the debris thrown out of the van, and the police carefully examined a small purse or backpack in the shape of a stuffed giraffe, and a glass jar containing an unknown substance. inside.
“I asked myself,” Spence said of the staff who invited him to follow up on Thursday. “Are you under the influence?”
So far the police have not told him if that is the reason why the driver was injured on the wrong side of the road causing such chaos and serious injury.