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Several people were sent to hospital with injuries after a serious multi-vehicle collision south of Campbell River, near Oyster River on Sunday night.

A vehicle was heading southbound and was in the turn lane waiting to go into the Discovery Foods store in Oyster River when they were hit by a vehicle heading northbound that had crossed the centre line, on Sunday June 28.

The former vehicle flipped over on impact, and the offending vehicle hit a third car. As a result of the crash, three people were hospitalized with what police say are minor injuries.

Campbell River RCMP ruled out alcohol and drugs as factors in this collision, and the driver who struck both vehicles and caused the crash has been charged with driving without care.

“We were amazingly lucky that nobody was seriously injured or killed as a result of the crash,” said Cst. Maury Tyre in a statement.

“The responding officers were extremely impressed with the excellent work and care taken by the Oyster River Fire department and wanted to ensure that the public is aware of the amazing professionalism of the Fire Fighters that serve them.”

The RCMP also commended members of the public who immediately administered first aid to the injured parties, at risk of their own well being.

“Truly showing the wonderful kind of people that live and volunteer in our communities.”