Sea to Sky collision sends two to hospital 

Speed likely a factor in Sunday crash that closed highway for four hours

A 23-year-old Squamish man is in serious but stable condition in Vancouver General Hospital after a head on collision on Highway 99 early Sunday evening.

West Vancouver police say the unidentified man’s 1990 Toyota Corolla crossed the centre line, striking a 1986 Toyota pickup about 6 p.m. on Dec. 10. The driver of the Corolla was airlifted to hospital with extensive internal injuries and several bone fractures, Cst. Jeff Palmer said. The unidentified Vancouver driver of the pickup was taken by ambulance to Lions Gate Hospital with minor injuries and later released. There were no passengers in either vehicle.

The highway was closed for four hours as a result of the accident.

Witnesses reported the Corolla was travelling northbound at high speed near Ansell Place, north of Horseshoe Bay, when it missed a curve, crossing the centre line and striking the southbound pickup, Palmer said. Road conditions were wet. Alcohol was not believed to be a factor in the accident. Specific cause of the accident is under investigation but speed is being investigated as the mitigating factor.

“It is winter time and road conditions can be less than ideal,” Palmer said, “and if you take poor road conditions, earlier darkness and add speed to that on Highway 99 you’re really rolling the dice.”

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