Vehicle found “burnt to a crisp” off of Hwy 5

Update from Clearwater RCMP detachment

Submitted by Sgt. G.D. Simpson

September 8

An Edmonton truck driver called the RCMP at 3:30 a.m. to report a collision on Otter Creek Forest Service Road and Highway 5, north of Vavenby, B.C.

The semi-driver came across a vehicle on fire at this location. He spoke with the sole occupant and driver of a Toyota Tacoma, who asked to be taken to hospital as he believed he was bleeding internally. The gentleman was also suspected to be intoxicated.

As the load carried by the semi was unable to be driven to the hospital, the semi driver called from a local fuel station and requested that an ambulance attend. BC Ambulance was dispatched, as were local fire departments.

The Tacoma Driver was treated for pain and transported to Kamloops Royal Inland Hospital for further assessment.

While the vehicle was fully engulfed, fire services advised that the incident was outside of the fire protection area and were therefore, unable to attend — Forestry would have to be called to deal with the fire, if it were required.

Cst. Meyer, however, drove to Avola and back and did not locate any vehicle on fire or smoke. He then went to the hospital and learned that the Tacoma driver was driving from Vancouver to Edmonton when he fell asleep and crashed.

From him, Cst. Meyer learned that the vehicle should be 48 kilometres from Clearwater, about three to four kilometres from the Otter Creek FSR, most likely down an embankment. Two CN trains also could not locate the vehicle.

The following night, Cst. Meyer located the suspect vehicle burnt to a crisp, 50 kilometres north of Clearwater next to the river, down an embankment and out of sight of the highway.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing as the Tacoma driver is suspected of driving under the influence of an intoxicant.

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September 11

A woman from Birch Island called the RCMP to report a suspicious occurence near Camp 2 Road in Clearwater, B.C. She advised that she had seen a flash of white light in the sky, followed by a very loud bang. She added that she did not know how far away this sound was and did not hear anything else.

Cst. Meyer attended the Trans Mountain camp and spoke to the security officer who had reported the light and bang and said they were near the Clearwater River.

After a patrol of the road, Cst. Meyer located an 80-year-old Blackpool male asleep in his van. He was providing airport security on two trailers and previously shot off a bear banger to test how it worked. He had consumed a couple of beers and was sleeping there for the night.

Clearwater RCMP responded to 48 calls last week.

Cst. Meyer returned and advised the security officer of the information obtained by police.

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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