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Six hurt in seven-vehicle crash near Courtenay

Apr 07 2012

Six people were taken to hospital with minor injuries after seven vehicles collided on the Inland Island Highway north of Courtenay during a “freak” rain and hail storm Friday afternoon.

A chain reaction on the slippery road around 12:58 p.m. led to seven cars with almost 20 people inside being involved in the crash just south of Hamm Road, said Comox Valley RCMP Cpl. Jim Dehoog.

The first car lost control on the road, which turned to a sheet of ice, and two vehicles following behind crashed into the first. A few minutes later, another four cars piled into the crash, unable to avoid the obstruction on the highway, Dehoog said.

Comox Valley RCMP, B.C. Ambulance paramedics and firefighters from Oyster River volunteer fire department rushed to the chaotic scene. A paramedic and emergency room physician, both off-duty, also helped treat the injured.

“Because of the large number of injured they were definitely utilized and needed at that point,” Dehoog said.

The injured taken to Campbell River General Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Comox.

There were three children in one of the cars involved but none were injured.

Dehoog said “weather and road conditions were definitely a factor.” It’s too early to tell if any of the drivers will receive a ticket, he said.

All seven cars were badly damaged and had to be towed from the scene.

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