A head-on collision on the Old Island Highway sent two people to hospital Tuesday night.

Car crash closes highway

A head-on crash in Black Creek Tuesday night trapped two drivers inside their vehicles

A head-on crash in Black Creek Tuesday night trapped two drivers inside their vehicles.

The two vehicle crash occurred around 10 p.m. on the Old Island Highway at Shultz Road.

According to one witness, an elderly man driving southbound was struck head on by a northbound mini-van being driven by a woman believed to be in her late 20s.

The impact sent the southbound vehicle onto a side road, and trapped both the woman and the man inside their respective vehicles.

Oyster River Deputy Fire Chief Bruce Green told CTV Vancouver Island that 10 to 12 firefighters and six paramedics attended the scene.

“Drivers in both vehicles were trapped fairly bad,” Green said. “It took us probably 20 to 30 minutes to get her extricated.

The dash rolled down on to her legs and pinned her down between the dash and her seat.”

The woman was airlifted from the scene but Green said the woman was conscious and alert before being taken away.

The man in the northbound vehicle was taken to hospital via ambulance and Green said the man’s vehicle suffered significant damage to its front end.

The highway was closed past midnight while investigators tried to determine the cause of the crash.

A request for comment from the RCMP was not returned before the Mirror went to press.