Wrong-way driver slams into family minivan, facing impaired charges
Driver heading eastbound in westbound lane was likely impaired, say West Vancouver Police
A two-year-old girl and a wrong-way driver were seriously injured when a panel van slammed head-on into a family's minivan last night on the Trans-Canada Highway in West Vancouver.
West Vancouver Police say the incident began shortly after 7 p.m. PT Wednesday when panicked 911 callers reported a white panel van heading eastbound in the westbound lanes of the Upper Levels section of the highway near Taylor Way.
Seconds later the 911 callers reported a three-vehicle crash just west of the Capilano Bridge.
The panel van had smashed into two vehicles, including one minivan with a family of four, and a lone driver in another vehicle.
West Vancouver Police say a two-year-old girl in the minivan was taken to hospital for examination and later underwent surgery for a fractured shoulder.
The girl's parents and her seven-year-old sister were not injured, but were taken to hospital for assessment, along with the 47-year-old Burnaby man in the third vehicle.
The driver of the panel van, a 47-year-old Nanaimo man, was also hospitalized with leg and hip fractures.
Police say the driver was likely impaired and they are considering recommending several charges of impaired driving, and dangerous driving causing injury.
He was arrested in hospital and then released by police on a promise to appear in court in June, but remained in hospital for treatment.
Investigators have already spoken to many witnesses, but they are still asking anyone who saw the wrong-way van last night to give them a call at 604-925-7300.