Clearwater RCMP investigate after semi incident on Hwy 5

Police investigating after suspicious information provided

April 27

At 4:57 a.m. a 34-year-old Clearwater man called the RCMP to report a semi collision located in the 3000 block of Highway 5, in Blue River. The semi had gone off road right while heading westbound. There were two males in the truck and one appeared to be injured and couldn’t move. BC Ambulance Service was en route.

Const. Klassen was called out to attend. He and Const. Hall attended and determined that the driver was a 53-year-old Surrey male and was uninjured. His passenger, who was in the sleeper berth during the collision was a 27-year-old Saskatchewan man who had lost feeling in his back but could talk. The passenger was taken via BC Ambulance to hospital.

The driver said he randomly picked up his passenger at a truck stop in Manitoba and was going to hire him as a driver. The two continued west, stopping in Edmonton where they picked up a trailer with a load of beer. The driver said he then left Edmonton and fell asleep at the wheel and went off the highway into the right ditch, causing minor damage to the passenger side of the semi and trailer. He appeared sober.

There was no licence plate on the semi and indices checks showed no insurance, although the driver provided temporary operating permit paperwork (with no licence plate number). The VIN came back negative and the driver provided paperwork showing he just bought the truck. Indices checks for the trailer indicate that it is white but was actually blue.

Due to the driver’s and passenger’s behaviors and histories police were suspicious regarding the trip in general. A thorough investigation is underway while the driver was issued a violation ticket.

April 28

At 3:23 p.m. the BC Ambulance Service called the Clearwater RCMP to report that they were en route to a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Highway 5 and Old North Thompson Hwy in Clearwater.

Const. Klassen attended and determined that a 65-year-old Surrey man had entered Highway 5 from the Old North Thompson Hwy and failed to yield to a 60-year-old Kamloops man who was westbound on Highway 5.

The Surrey man’s vehicle, a black 2002 Volkswagen Jetta, collided with the front passenger side of the Kamloops man’s pickup, a red 2012 Dodge Ram 3500. Both vehicles were not driveable and were towed by a local tow company. Neither drivers were injured and neither were seen by paramedics.

The Surrey driver admitted guilt and received a violation ticket for failing to yield at an intersection. Impairment was not a factor. This was a fairly straight forward investigation into an unfortunate circumstance which could have been much worse had the Kamloops driver not taken evasive action as the black Jetta entered is lane.

Clearwater RCMP responded to 39 calls for service this past week.

Sgt. G.D. Simpson is the detachment commander at the Clearwater RCMP Detachment. Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Clearwater RCMP at 250-674-2237 or, to report anonymously, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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