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Vancouver Car Crash Lawyer Reports on a Ferry Crash on Gabriola Island

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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Personal Injury Lawyer at McComb Witten Marcoux

Posted on Apr 23, 2013

A Vancouver car accident attorney at McComb Witten recently saw the tragic story of a 32-year-old woman who died after driving her car through a metal gate and off a BC Ferries dock on Gabriola Island, British Columbia.

The accident occurred on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 in the wee hours of the morning. The MV Quinsam ferry, an open car-deck ferry, had been “home ported” at the Gabriola Island dock and was scheduled to resume service later that morning. At approximately 3:45 a.m., a car crashed through a metal gate, sped over the open deck of the ferry, and plummeted into the water.

At first, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) had no idea whether the driver or any passengers survived, so they sent out a major search and rescue patrol of nearby beaches.

Investigators later found the car buried by 35 meters of water. Because the water was so deep, the RCMP called upon the Navy for assistance retrieving the vehicle. The woman’s body was found inside of the car.

The CEO of BC Ferries, Mike Corrigan, told reporters, “It’s a very sad situation, it was a 6 foot barrier gate there, a metal barrier gate that this vehicle rammed through at a high rate of speed.”

A night watchman saw the event unfold, although he did not get a close look at who was driving. The crash damaged the hydraulic lines of the ferry’s apron.

The car crash and death shocked the small community of Gabriola.

The Vancouver car accident lawyers at McComb Witten send sincere condolences to the family of the 32-year-old woman who died in the accident.

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