Head-on accident closed Lions Gate Bridge

A head-on collision closed the north end of the Lions Gate Bridge Tuesday morning sending two people to hospital and choking traffic on both sides of the Burrard Inlet.

West Vancouver police say the accident happened around 11 a.m. when a southbound driver crossed over the centre line and into the northbound lane.

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"The resulting collision caused another vehicle to be sideswiped during the event," said Sgt. Paul Skelton, West Vancouver police duty seargent. Two of the drivers were taken to Lions Gate Hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries. The bridge remained closed until close to noon while first responders dealt with the injured and West Vancouver police investigated potential causes of the crash. TransLink rerouted its buses to the SeaBus terminal and drivers were sent east to the Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing. The investigation was in its early stages by North Shore News press time Tuesday afternoon. "At this point it does not appear to be drugs or alcohol. It might be the case where one of the drivers experienced some sort of medical distress," Skelton said.

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