New Westminster – Members of the NWPD were kept busy yesterday with two motor vehicle collisions on McBride Boulevard.
The first collision occurred in the 100 block at approximately 11:40 am and involved three vehicles. The initial investigation indicates that a southbound Nissan Maxima lost control on the gradual curve towards the Patullo Bridge and struck a northbound flatbed truck, which caused the Nissan to also collide with a second northbound vehicle. The male driver of the Nissan, a 22 year old Surrey resident suffered significant but non-life threatening injuries to his lower body. He was transported to a local area hospital where he remains in serious but stable condition. Thankfully the occupants of both northbound vehicles did not suffer significant injuries.
The NWPD Collision Analysis Reconstruction Team was called out to process the scene, which required the closure of the southbound lanes on McBride Boulevard for a number of hours. Both alcohol and speed are being investigated as possible contributing factors in this incident. Anyone who witnessed or has information about this incident is asked to contact Constable Tomas Graham at 604-525-5411.
The second incident occurred later in the evening at approximately 6:20 pm at the intersection of McBride Boulevard and 6th Avenue where NWPD members responded to a report of two vehicles involved in a collision. The initial investigation determined that a northbound vehicle was attempting to make a left turn at 6th Avenue when it was struck on the passenger side by a southbound vehicle. The driver of the northbound vehicle was not injured but his front passenger, a 73 year old female, had to be cut from the vehicle using the Jaws of Life and was subsequently taken to a local area hospital suffering from serious but non-life threatening injuries.
The follow up investigation ruled out alcohol and speed as factors in this collision however the driver of the northbound vehicle was issued a Violation Ticket for making an illegal left turn against a posted sign.