Weather-related crashes keep Clearwater RCMP busy

Weekly police report

Sgt. Grant Simpson

Clearwater RCMP

Clearwater RCMP responded to 17 calls for service this past week.

On Monday, Dec. 5 at 11:14 a.m. Clearwater RCMP received a call from a traffic manager for TMX, reporting a bad accident at Highway 5 near Pumping Station Road in Blackpool, B.C. There was no further information. Const. Van Woudenberg attended and located two vehicles, and their drivers. A black 2017 Dodge Ram pickup driven by a 31-year-old man from Fort St. John and a white 2019 Peterbilt semi truck registered to Banister Pipelines, driven by a 57-year-old Edmonton man with a 30-year-old passenger from Saskatchewan. Fortunately, there were no injuries.

The semi driver reported they’d been completely stopped in traffic, waiting on the construction crew to set up signs for a construction zone when the Ram pickup shot passed them on the right side, the driver’s side of his truck all torn up. The Ram driver advised he saw the semi truck, but thought it was still moving, as the vehicles ahead of it had begun to do so. When he realized it was stopped, he veered to the right, missing a rear-ender and side swiping instead, narrowly avoiding a likely fatal accident.

There was no damage to the semi truck which was still drivable. The Ram pickup however required a tow by the local tow company to their yard. The driver of the Ram pickup was provided transport to a friend’s house. Photos of the scene were obtained and an accident report completed for insurance purposes.

On Saturday Dec 10, at 8:11 a.m. a 35-year-old Lower Nicola man called the Clearwater RCMP to report that at 6:15 a.m. he rolled a pickup truck on Dunn Lake Road at Auldgirth Road, East Blackpool B.C. The driver said he was driving to work on the fresh snow and tried to make the right hand corner, at which time the truck kept going straight and off road left, rolling once down the bank and coming to rest against some trees. The truck was reported to be totaled. The male driver was the only occupant and was uninjured, however, BC Ambulance attended anyways. The driver said he was not speeding, was wearing his seat belt and no airbags were deployed.

The driver had left the scene and called the local tow company to remove the vehicle. Const. Klassen completed the accident report and delivered it to the driver at a local gas station. The driver appeared to be sober. Scene attendance not required. The Alberta licence plate on the vehicle confirmed the male driver as the registered owner.

On Sunday, Dec 11. at 5:03 p.m. a 26-year-old female TMX Medical Contact, advised the RCMP of a single vehicle collision on Highway 5 / Fin Creek north of Avola, B.C. She advised that she was on scene and that there were no injuries. BC Ambulance was dispatched anyways and were advising that the vehicle was a tractor trailer unit. Const. Meyer spoke with the medic who said the incident took place near the TMX 110 Road. Const. Meyer attended, no one was on scene. It was snowing and roads were very slippery. Tractor trailer was travelling northbound, went off road right and into the ditch upright. It was not impeding traffic and no damage observed to the white 2020 Freightliner tractor pulling a van trailer, both registered to a Surrey based transport company. Const. Meyer placed police tape on the trailer. Driver and company can arrange their own tow. Accident report not required.

Sgt. G.D. SIMPSON is the detachment commander of the Clearwater RCMP.

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