RCMP are investigating a crash on the Pacific Rim Highway between Tofino and Ucluelet. (Black Press Media file photo)

Police believe alcohol may have been a factor in crash between Tofino and Ucluelet

Collision on Pacific Rim Highway near Combers Beach shut road down for roughly six hours

Alcohol may have been a factor in a head-on collision that shut the road between Tofino and Ucluelet down for roughly six hours on Saturday.

Sgt. Chris Manseau of the BC RCMP told the Westerly News that Ucluelet police responded to the scene on Pacific Rim Highway near Combers Beach around 4:30 p.m. and evidence indicated that a sedan travelling southbound had crossed into the northbound lane and crashed into an oncoming minivan.

He said all five people in the minivan escaped with only minor injuries though the two in the sedan were taken to hospital for further treatment.

“Those in the minivan had some cuts and bruises and the other two were taken away for further medical examination,” he said.

He said police believe alcohol may have been a factor in the crash and added that the RCMP’s Integrated Impaired Driving Unit was working in the region at the time and was called in to assist.

“Our investigation is still progressing. It’s believed that (alcohol) may have been a factor, but a determination will be made in the future,” he said.


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