Victim in three-vehicle crash expected to recover

Elderly woman from Chilliwack was airlifted to Royal Columbian Hospital with "potentially life-threatening injuries" after Thursday crash.

An elderly female driver seriously injured in a three-vehicle crash last Thursday on Chilliwack Central Road is expected to make a full recovery, Chilliwack RCMP say.

“Everyone was very lucky to survive this one,” RCMP Const. Tracy Wolbeck said Tuesday.

“This was a really serious accident that had traffic diverted for the duration of the investigation,” she said.

Chilliwack Central Road was closed for several hours while RCMP accident investigators studied the crash site between Gibson Road and Upper Prairie Road.

The Integrated Collision Reconstruction Services has conduct of the investigation, and further details of what happened were not available Tuesday.

But according to initial reports, a Mazda 3 heading east on Chilliwack Central was about to turn left when it was hit from behind by a Honda Civic, pushing it into the westbound lane. But it was the Honda Civic that was then struck by a westbound pickup truck.

The driver of the Honda Civic, an elderly woman from Chilliwack, was airlifted to the Royal Columbian Hospital with “potentially life-threatening injuries.”

“The elderly female driver is still in hospital, but is expected to make a full recovery,” Wolbeck said.

It doesn’t appear that speed or alcohol were factors in the 10:45 a.m. crash.