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Clearwater RCMP respond to T-bone collision on Highway 5

The highway was closed for a short time to allow for air ambulance.

Submitted by

Sgt. G.D. Simpson

June 24

At 12:41 p.m., the Clearwater RCMP received a call from BC Ambulance Service advising of a vehicle rollover in the 1000 block of Highway 5 in Blue River, B.C.

While en route, Const. Klassen learned the vehicle had rolled and had landed on its side. The driver, a 47-year-old female out of Edmonton, Alta., was the only occupant and was uninjured.

She was taken to Clearwater hospital by ambulance as a precautionary measure. The vehicle had damage to the front passenger tire and side panels. The local towing company attended for the vehicle.

Const. Klassen spoke to an employee who works at one of the fuel stations in Blue River and went over to the crash to see if everyone was okay and noted that the driver appeared sober when he spoke to her. This employee had used a loader to put the vehicle back on its wheels.

The driver said on the phone that she had looked over to the right in her vehicle and while doing so she veered off road, hitting the gravel. She then over-corrected and lost control, crossing the highway and ending up on the passenger side of the vehicle.

Damage has been deemed less than $10,000. No witnesses were present to support the issuance of a ticket under the Motor Vehicle Act. Photos were obtained and the accident scene fully investigated.

A few minutes later at 12:58 p.m., the BC Ambulance Service called the Clearwater RCMP to report a serious vehicle collision located in the 9600 block of Highway 5, south of Little Fort, B.C. The collision involved a five-ton tanker truck (water tanker) that had T-boned a Toyota Camry.

Sgt. Simpson, Const. Hall of BC Highway Patrol and Cpl. Welsman of Barriere RCMP attended this collision.

Upon arrival, it was determined that both vehicles were southbound and the car had just passed the tanker going through Little Fort. The car then pulled off to the right into a driveway and made a quick U-turn, re-entering the highway and attempting to travel north.

The water tanker then T-boned the car on the driver’s side. The truck was almost empty and travelling at a reduced speed.

The driver of the car, a 63-year-old Richmond, B.C., man and his 9-year-old son, who was seated directly behind him, were air-lifted to Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops. His wife, who was in the front passenger seat, was also injured and taken to Kamloops hospital by ambulance.

The uninjured driver of the tanker, a 30-year-old Calgary, Alta., man, provided a statement to Cpl. Welsman. Kamloops Victim Services engaged with the family of the car.

A retired RCMP member witnessed the collision and confirmed the story of the car making the U-turn right in front of the tanker truck. As a result, the offending driver of the Camry will be issued a violation ticket once released from hospital.

Photos were obtained during the processing and investigation of this chaotic scene. Although Highway 5 was closed for only a short time to accommodate the landing and lift-off of the air ambulance, traffic did back up in both directions for several kilometers.

Clearwater RCMP responded to 54 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.