British Columbia

Driver suffers life-threatening injuries in crash that shuts down Vancouver's Oak Street

At least two cars were involved in the crash at Oak and West 48th Avenue early Wednesday morning. A power pole was sheared off in the collision and debris strewn across the six-lane road.

Two northbound lanes re-opened on Oak Street as of 10:10 a.m.

At least two cars were involved in a crash at Oak Street and 48th Avenue in Vancouver early Wednesday. The driver of the Mercedes SUV was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. (Yvette Brend/CBC)

An early-morning crash in Vancouver has left a driver with life-threatening injuries.

Police said a white Mercedes SUV and white Honda Civic collided at Oak Street and West 49th Avenue just before 1:30 a.m. PT.

The driver of the SUV, a man from Surrey, was taken to hospital, where he remains in life-threatening condition.

A police statement said two 20-year-old women who had been in the Civic were treated for minor injuries at the scene.

Sgt. Jason Robillard said early evidence suggests the SUV was travelling north on Oak Street, while the Civic was heading west on West 49th Avenue when the vehicles collided.

The statement said speed is believed to be a factor in the crash, which sheared off a power pole and left debris strewn across the six-lane road.

The second car involved, a white Honda Civic, ended up on the curb near Oak Street and 49th Avenue. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

Vancouver police asked drivers to avoid the intersection for several hours as officers investigated and cleared debris. As of 10:10 a.m. PT, two lanes northbound on Oak Street had reopened.

Anyone who may have witnessed the collision is asked to call investigators at 604-717-3012.

A Vancouver police officer stands on Oak Street after the crash early Wednesday. (Yvette Brend/CBC)