Ladysmith man dead after striking power pole, tree

A 52-year-old Ladysmith man is dead after the car he was driving struck a power pole and then a tree in the Cedar area Tuesday.

The crash happened at approximately 5:30 p.m., in the 2600 block of Yellow Point Road.

Witnesses called 911 to report that a southbound vehicle had gone off the road and struck a BC Hydro pole, and then a tree before coming to stop.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two children, ages six and eight, who were in the vehicle at the time were transported to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital for examination and later released.

The collision was attended by members of the Nanaimo and Ladysmith RCMP.

It is still under investigation but RCMP say it appears the man may have experienced a medical emergency just prior to the collision.

An RCMP traffic analyst attended and his report, along with a mechanical inspection of the car are pending.

The name of the deceased has not been released.