‘Serious’ overnight crash near UBC sends 2 to hospital in critical condition

A “serious overnight collision” in Vancouver’s West Side has sent three people to the hospital, two of them in critical condition.

The Lower Mainland Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service was called to West 16th Avenue between Blanca Street and Wesbrook Mall near the University of British Columbia Monday morning.

University RCMP Corp. Ian Sim tells CityNews the single-vehicle collision happened around 3:30 a.m.

Three young people in their 20s were in the vehicle at the time of the crash, he adds, however, police do not know if they are UBC students.

Sim says only one person was wearing a seat belt.

In an email to CityNews, BC Emergency Health Services said Monday three ambulances and a paramedic supervisor responded to the crash.

“Paramedics cared for three patients. All three were transported to hospital, two in critical condition and one in stable condition,” BCEHS said.

Sim previously told CityNews the two people who were not wearing seat belts sustained “non-life-threatening injuries.”

Meanwhile, the cause of the crash is not yet clear. Investigators say they are looking into all factors, including whether alcohol and speed played a role.

-With files from Sonia Aslam and Srushti Gangdev

Editor’s note: BCEHS has provided updated information about the number of patients taken to the hospital, as well as the condition they were taken in. This article has been updated to include those details.

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