White Rock residents awoke early Wednesday to find a woman trapped in an upside down car resting against their house.

White Rock residents awoke early Wednesday to find a woman trapped in an upside down car resting against their house.

Driver airlifted after dramatic morning crash in White Rock

Emergency responders attend scene of accident at Oxford and Buena Vista Wednesday.

A young female driver was airlifted to hospital Wednesday after a dramatic early morning crash in White Rock.

The single-vehicle crash took place at approximately 5:25 a.m., according to White Rock RCMP Const. Shaileshni Molison, who said the vehicle crashed into a home on Oxford Street near Marine Drive.

Bob Berger, who lives in the Oxford Street home where the crash took place, told Peace Arch News he was awoken by his wife, Sandra Sammartino, after she was startled by a “huge noise.”

Berger went outside to find a car upside down in his driveway, resting against the corner of his home.

He said he saw a medium-sized dog lying near the vehicle, bleeding profusely, and a young woman trapped inside the car.

The vehicle, a four-door Honda Civic, had a green ‘Novice’ magnet on the bumper.

First responders arrived shortly after to extract the driver from the car, Berger said.

She was conscious at the time first responders attended the scene, according to Molison,  and was transported by air ambulance to Royal Columbian Hospital.

The dog was taken to a veterinary clinic for treatment.

“It looked like he was injured, but he’s going to be OK,” Molison said.

As of Thursday morning, Molison did not have an update on the driver’s condition, however, she said she was still in hospital.

RCMP continue to investigate the cause of the crash.

This week’s crash was the second time in less than three years that Berger’s house has been the scene of a dramatic accident.

In October 2012, a then-25-year-old was taken to hospital with minor injuries after after the BMW he was driving slammed into a parked car, a neighbour’s carport and the side of Berger’s house, leaving behind “extensive damage.”

At the time, White Rock RCMP said they believed speed and alcohol were factors in the crash.

In both incidents, the drivers were travelling west on Buena Vista when they lost control, Berger said.

He said after the 2012 crash, he took his concerns about the stretch of road to city hall, to no avail.

“We had requested from the city the possibility of putting some barricades or some roundabouts to slow the vehicles coming down that hill, but nothing has been done,” Berger said.

When reached for comment, a city spokesperson said that because the incident is under investigation by the RCMP, the city would not comment at this time.

Berger said damage sustained as a result of this week’s crash wasn’t as extensive as the previous incident, he said. This time, railings were ripped out in two places, and decorative siding had been damaged.

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