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Serious crash shuts down large portion of Oak Street in Vancouver Wednesday morning

Oak Street in Vancouver is closed between 41st and 51st avenues Wednesday morning due to a serious crash.
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Oak Street in Vancouver is closed between 41st and 51st avenues Wednesday morning due to a serious crash.

Due to downed power lines as a result of the crash, 49th Ave is blocked in both directions at Oak St. as well.

Just before 1:30 a.m., two vehicles, a white Mercedes SUV and a white Honda Civic, collided in the intersection of West 49th Avenue and Oak Street, says the Vancouver Police Department.

VPD says the available evidence suggests that at the time of the collision, the Mercedes was headed north on Oak Street and the Honda was westbound on West 49th Avenue.

Officers from the VPD’s Collision Investigation Unit are still at the scene collecting evidence to help determine what led to the crash, but do believe that speed was a factor.

The lone occupant from the Mercedes, a Surrey man remains in hospital with life-threatening injuries. The two occupants from the Honda, both 20 year-old Vancouver women were treated for minor injuries and released at the scene.

Debris from the crash is strewn over at least a block.

The street will be closed until further notice. Commuters are asked to take Cambie or Granville.

Anyone who may have witnessed the collision, and has not yet spoken with police, is asked to call the VPD’s collision investigation unit at 604-717-3012.

Transit is being re-routed in the area:

UPDATE:

This story has been updated to reflect new information not previously available.