Port Alberni woman remains in critical condition
PORT ALBERNI, B.C. – (Update) Authorities have identified the 76-year-old man who died instantly in a horrific crash east of Port Alberni on Tuesday.
Police said the victim was Port Alberni resident Leonard Gibson.
His 76-year-old wife Fern Gibson remains in hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Both were extricated from the car with the use of jaws of life. But he was already dead.
Police said the vehicle went out of control approximately five kilometres east of Port Alberni.
Police said the Fern Gibson was flown to hospital by air ambulance.
“The investigation has revealed a grey 2001 Pontiac Bonneville was west bound when the driver failed to negotiate a slight right hand corner just west of the Loon Lake turnoff,” said Staff-Sgt. Lee Omilusik.
“ The vehicle went off the road to the right and struck a large rock then skidded down the ditch coming to rest on its roof, ” he said.
“ The Port Alberni Fire Department had to utilize the Jaws Of Life before both occupants could be removed from the vehicle,” he added.
The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
The cause of the accident is under investigation and alcohol is not considered a factor.
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