UPDATED: Vanload of trick-or-treaters escape unhurt after Mays Road rollover
Seven would-be trick-or-treaters were taken to hospital and checked for injuries Saturday after their van rolled onto its roof at Bell-McKinnon and Mays roads.
Crofton’s Roberta White said the wreck happened at around 2 p.m. after an oncoming female driver’s silver car entered the intersection on Mays Road and clipped a back tire of White’s Ford Windstar.
Her red van spun across Bell-McKinnon, hit some cedar hedging then flipped into the yard of a nearby home, she said.
The crash left White and two of her kids in some pain — some of her children are also having trouble sleeping after the potential tragedy.
“I saw her coming and thought we were going to have a head-on, but she hit my back tire.”
Police have not released the driver of the silver car’s name, nor the crash’s official cause. White said the silver car ran the stop sign.
“Everyone’s fine but I have some neck and shoulder pain, one daughter has neck and head pain, and one son has a sore shoulder,” White said.
She and some of her kids escaped the totalled van after residents pulled the driver’s door open.
Other family members left via the van’s rear window, she said.
North Cowichan’s south-end fire chief, Rob MacDowell, said the wreck occurred on dry pavement.
“The ambulance took mom and six kids to CDH to have them checked out.
“Neighbours had helped pulled everyone out, so we didn’t have to use the Jaws of Life,” MacDowell said.
“They were lucky, big time,” he said of the kids wearing Halloween costumes, and seatbelts.