Two suffer serious injuries in separate crashes

Emergency responders were busy in Abbotsford late Wednesday afternoon and evening.

A pair of crashes in Abbotsford on Wednesday resulted in serious injuries to two people.

The first took place at about 4 p.m. on Fraser Highway between Ross and Mt. Lehman roads.

Abbotsford Police Const. Ian MacDonald said a 29-year-old Surrey man driving a Honda Accord was travelling west when he either attempted to pass another car or somehow lost control of his vehicle.

The car then crossed the eastbound lanes of traffic and went down a 30-foot embankment, flipping at least twice.

Emergency responders had to use the Jaws of Life to extricate the driver, who was the lone occupant of the car. He was airlifted to hospital in critical condition, but MacDonald said his condition had improved on Thursday.

No other vehicles were involved in the collision.

That portion of Fraser Highway was shut down for several hours while investigators were on the scene.

The second crash took place just after 10 p.m., when a 50-year-old Abbotsford man on a 1979 Harley-Davidson had stopped for a red light at the intersection of Gladwin Road and George Ferguson Way.

He was then rear-ended by a 2004 Audi GT driven by a 33-year-old woman.

The impact launched him from his motorcycle, and he was airlifted to hospital.

MacDonald said the condition of the man, who suffered no fractures, later proved to be less serious than was thought at the scene.

He said depending on what investigators determine, the driver of the Audi could face charges.