SAYWARD—Alcohol is being investigated as a possible factor behind a two-car collision Monday in which a man was killed and a North Island woman injured.
The RCMP reports that the 58-year-old Port McNeill woman was traveling northbound on Hwy. 19 at around 3:30 p.m. when her Toyota Corolla apparently crossed the centre line 15 kilometers south of Sayward Junction and collided with an oncoming Honda Civic.
The male driver, the lone occupant of the Civic, was fatally injured in the crash.
The woman was transported to Campbell River Hospital with reportedly non-life threatening injuries.
Sayward RCMP responded to the incident which closed the highway for more than three hours Monday afternoon. The file has passed to the BC Coroners Service and North Island Traffic Services for further investigation.
“Investigators are examining whether alcohol played a role in this crash,” said RCMP spokesman Cpl. Darren Lagan.
The names of those involved have not been released by the RCMP or the BC Coroners Service.