Updated 6:30 p.m.
A head-on collision between an SUV and a commercial flatbed truck on Highway 101 between Oceanview Drive and Burton Road, just outside of Gibsons, has been cleared up, according to the Gibsons & District Volunteer Fire Department.
Lt. Michael Cupit confirmed that one patient from the SUV was transported to hospital with undetermined injuries but appeared OK. The flat-bed truck was transporting an excavator and went into the ditch somewhat, so responders had to get a crane truck to lift the excavator out and onto another truck, "so it took a bit of time," said Cupit. Clearing up the incident took at least a couple of hours he said, leading to highway delays as there's no detour around the section of highway. "We tried to get traffic going as soon as we could."
"[The accident] just happened at the worst time," said Cupit, just as school was getting out and as people were trying to get home from work on a Friday afternoon.
Seven members of the fire department, RCMP and two ambulances responded, said Cupit.
Cupit added that everyone was lucky. "It could have been way worse."
Updated 6:12 p.m.
The call for the motor vehicle incident came in at 3:06 p.m., according to BC Emergency Health Services. Two ambulances were dispatched and one person was transported to hospital.
Updated 5 p.m.:
Southbound traffic on Highway 101 and Lower Road is reportedly moving.
Travellers should expect delays on Highway 101 in Gibsons Friday afternoon.
An alert from BC Transit notified bus passengers that because of a motor vehicle accident, its Route 90 and 1 buses will be delayed. "Emergency services are at the scene and long delays are expected," said the notice issued at 4:20 p.m.
Social media posts place the incident as having happened near Burton Road.
Capilano Highways says that the highway is open to single-lane traffic.
Reports from people in traffic say that southbound traffic on Lower Road is also backed up.
More information was not immediately available from RCMP or Drive BC.