Photo by Jeff Stephens
A violent, high-speed crash early Monday morning on No. 6 Road, just north of Blundell, has left two Surrey women in hospital, and a witness saying they’re lucky to be alive.
Around 12:45 a.m., a 2008 Honda Civic sedan appears to have been travelling north on No. 6 Road when the driver lost control. The grey import, which may have had an N sticker on it, narrowly avoided going into one ditch, only to careen into the oncoming lane and shear a hydro pole in half before flipping upside down in another much shallower ditch.
The 21-year-old driver of the car suffered critical injuries, and according to area resident Jeff Stephens, who lives adjacent to the crash scene and witnessed the aftermath, she had to be extracted from the vehicle using the jaws of life.
Paramedics then spent about 10 minutes performing what appeared to be cardio-pulmonary resuscitation on the driver before she was rushed to hospital, Stephens said.
The 22-year-old passenger, who was the first to be removed from the crumpled wreck, tried to stand after she was pulled out but was then placed on a stretcher.
“It sounded like something hit the house,” Stephens told The Sentinel Tuesday morning from his house on No. 6 Road.
Stephens said the two women were lucky to have survived the crash, considering the amount of damage caused to the vehicle.
According to Stephens, a large bottle of wine, which was half full, was pulled from the vehicle and turned over to police.
Asked what he thought might have caused the crash, Stephens said the stretch of No. 6 Road in front of his house is a popular spot for speeders.
He noted that the grass was covered with frost early Monday morning when emergency crews arrived at the crash scene.
Stephens said that judging from tire marks on the gravel shoulder of No. 6 Road, in the northbound lane, the Civic’s driver may have accidentally swerved toward the wide ditch on the street’s east side, and then over corrected, and spun out of control toward his driveway, then striking the hydro pole and landing in the ditch.
According to RCMP investigators, both speed and alcohol are considered factors in the crash.
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Richmond RCMP’s Road Safety Unit at 604-278-1212.