A 66-year-old Alberta man was airlifted to hospital following a serious motor vehicle accident on the Trans-Canada Highway south of Duncan on Sunday afternoon.
The man was extricated by Duncan volunteer firefighters from a Dodge Caravan minivan after it was struck by a Ford Edge driven by a 49-year-old Qualicum Beach woman.
The collision took place around 4 p.m. on the Trans-Canada Highway at the intersection with Miller Road on the west and Francis Street on the east, in front of the Old Farm Market.
Police believe that the Alberta man, who was driving, and his 66-year-old wife were trying to turn left onto Francis Street from the southbound lane, but were unable to clear the intersection before being struck broadside by the Ford.
The man was flown to a Victoria area hospital, then transported to a different Victoria-area hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries. His wife was taken to the Cowichan District Hospital for surgery on her non-life-threatening injuries.
The 49-year-old Qualicum Beach woman who was driving the Ford and her 14-year-old daughter sustained minor injuries.
Northbound traffic was redirected for several hours to give room for a BC Ambulance helicopter to land and to allow for an investigation into the accident, while southbound traffic was reduced to a single lane.