A Nanaimo man believed to be in his early twenties died Monday following a head-on collision between a motor home and the man's car, which was travelling north in a southbound lane on the Island Highway south of the city.
A couple reported to be in their sixties were in the motor home.
The man driving the motor home sustained unspecified injuries. A woman with him was unhurt.
The accident took place a short distance from the north exit to the Duke Point ferry terminal, south of Nanaimo, at 11:30 a.m., causing that part of the highway to be closed for much of the day.
Nanaimo RCMP spokesman Const. Gary O'Brien said Monday police were not releasing the deceased man's name at that point. The man was alone in the car. The body and vehicle were removed from the scene sometime before 4 p.m. The motor home was towed away from the scene shortly after that. Police do not yet know why the deceased's man's vehicle was travelling north in the southbound lane, or how it ended up there.
O'Brien said police intend to speak to witnesses of the crash as a key part of their investigation.
He said the couple in the motor home were part of a convoy of five RVs heading together to a vacation destination.
The crash sent a variety of debris flying across several lanes of traffic.
"That's why, not only for the investigation but for a safety issue, the highway had to be closed," O'Brien said.
Fire crews were on scene to assist paramedics and later helped to extricate the victim's body, he added.
The B.C. Coroners Service was also on the scene.
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