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Passenger dies in Sunday's single vehicle Bench Road crash

A Cowichan Bay firefighter responds to the scene of a fatal accident at Bench Road and Trans Canada Highway Sunday. - Andrew Leong
A Cowichan Bay firefighter responds to the scene of a fatal accident at Bench Road and Trans Canada Highway Sunday.
— image credit: Andrew Leong

One person died and two others were injured in a crash Sunday morning at the Trans-Canada Highway and Bench Road intersection just before 8 a.m.

Three people believed to be from the Port Alberni area were occupants in a Toyota sedan heading northbound on the TCH before it struck a light standard at the intersection.

"The male driver was taken to hospital with serious, life-threatening injuries," said North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP Cpl. Jon Stuart in a media release. "The woman had been a passenger in the rear seat, and was taken to hospital with minor injuries. The man in the front passenger seat was pronounced dead at the scene."

All three are believed to be in their early 20's.

The northbound lanes of the TCH were closed for several hours, with traffic being diverted at Bench Rd while the B.C. Coroner's service and a collision reconstructionist attended the scene to investigate.

Early indications appear fatigue may have been a contributing factor, however the investigation is continuing.

Police are requesting witnesses, or anyone with information, contact them at 250-748-5522.

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