Police are recommending drunk driving charges against the man who drove the wrong direction down the Upper Levels Highway in West Vancouver Wednesday evening, injuring himself and a toddler in another vehicle.

In total six people in three vehicles were involved in the crash after a white panel van slammed into two other vehicles on the busy highway.

Police arrested the 47-year-old Nanaimo resident at hospital and are recommending charges of Impaired Driving Causing Bodily Harm and Dangerous Driving.

The man was then released on the promise to appear in North Vancouver provincial court in June.

Police are saying it is still early in the investigation and further charges are possible following blood toxicology tests.

“There was one Toyota Sienna that had a family of four in it – two daughters – one daughter is quite shaken up,” said one witness who was walking with his daughter in the area. “They’re all quite shaken up because they got sideswiped by a van going 90 kilometres per hour.”

A two-and-a-half-year-old girl riding in the mini-van required shoulder surgery while her seven-year-old sister and parents did not suffer significant injury. The sole occupant and driver of the third vehicle involved walked away uninjured.

The driver of the van suspected of driving eastbound in the westbound lanes is being treated for leg and hip fractures and remains in hospital.

The crash closed the westbound lanes of the upper levels for several hours overnight.

Officers will be trying to figure out why a driver was travelling in the wrong direction on a major highway but alcohol but police are considering alcohol as a major factor in the incident.

The driver of the van suffered the most significant injuries and is in serious condition in hospital five others were taken to hospital with minor injuries. Police say alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.