Woman dies in Avola crash

Driver fatigue suspected as cause of collision that killed Hinton resident

Clearwater RCMP Traffic Services report that on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at approximately 1:35 a.m., members of the Southeast District RCMP Traffic Services and the Clearwater RCMP responded to a report of a two-vehicle crash located on Highway approximately nine km north of Avola.

Upon the arrival of the police at the scene, members ascertained that a southbound van had crossed the center line and struck a northbound commercial tractor trailer unit.

There were two occupants in the van at the time, a 33-year-old female and her 44-year-old husband. Both were residents of Hinton, Alberta.

Unfortunately, the female driver died immediately at the scene from the injuries she sustained during the crash

The male passenger was transported to the Clearwater hospital for non-life threatening injuries. He was later transported to Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops for further treatment and observations.

At this point in time, drugs and alcohol are not suspected as contributing factors in this crash. Road conditions at the time were also considered dry and in good condition. From the preliminary investigation, it is suspected that the female driver of the van may have fallen asleep, prior to crashing into the commercial tractor-trailer unit.

At this point in time, the police are not releasing the name of those involved as next-of-kin have yet to be notified.

A Southeast District RCMP collision reconstructionist attended the scene assisting with the investigation. The local coroner also attended and is leading this investigation. The investigation will continue into the cause of this tragic incident.

RCMP remind the motoring public that winter driving conditions are upon us and every driver needs to transition to the pending change in weather conditions. Although it is not suspected to be a factor relating to this crash, drivers are reminded that the best action to ensure better traction in winter road conditions is to equip your vehicle with appropriate winter tires that show the snow flake and/or mountain symbols on the tire.

As well, if you are traveling for a considerable distance and feel tired, please pull over to rest or, if possible, switch drivers.


Just Posted

Hockey Days in Clearwater have begun

There’s more stuff coming up, so check out the community events and North Thompson Sportsplex

UPDATE: Hwy. 5 open south of Blue River following ‘vehicle incident’

Social media reports say a semi-truck lost its load

This morning’s road conditions

Watch for slippery sections on much of Highway 5

Editor, The Times:

District of Clearwater invites local organizations to participate in Hockey Days

Playing Pickleball could be your New Years resolution

Pickleball is instrumental in helping with both physical and mental health

VIDEO: Here’s what the B.C. legislature officers are accused of buying

Personal trips, purchases, alcohol and more laid out in 76-page report by Plecas

Why would the B.C. legislature need a firewood splitter?

First sign of police involvement in investigation of top managers

New Canada Food Guide nixes portion sizes, promotes plant-based proteins

Guide no longer lists milk and dairy products as a distinct food group

Judge annuls hairdresser’s forced marriage to boss’ relative

Woman was told she’d be fired if she didn’t marry boss’s Indian relative so he could immigrate here

Liberals look to make home-buying more affordable for millennials: Morneau

Housing is expected to be a prominent campaign issue ahead of October’s federal election

Cannabis-carrying border crossers could be hit with fines under coming system

Penalties are slated to be in place some time next year

Man accused of threatening to kill ‘as many girls as I see’

Christopher W. Cleary wrote he was angry because he’d never had a girlfriend and wanted to ‘make it right’ with a mass shooting

Canadian talent abound on newly revamped Vancouver Whitecaps squad

Lineup is full of new faces after the organization parted ways with 18 players over the off-season

Most Read