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Crash on Coquihalla possibly due to winter conditions

March 25, 2015 - 5:02 PM

KAMLOOPS - Fresh snow and slush, and ‘inadequate winter tires’, may have led to a crash near the Inks Lake brake check this morning that caused injuries to several people.

The crash occurred around 8 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25, according to Rural RCMP Staff Sgt. Doug Aird. An older model Dodge van heading northbound lost control, rolled at least three times and came to a rest on its wheels on the opposite side of the road.

The three occupants, all from Hope, were transported to Royal Inland Hospital with cuts and bruises. The rear passenger was injured when tools stored in the back area including axes and power saws became flying debris and cut them. There were no rear seats, only the two front seats.

Aird says the driver was issued tickets because one rear tire was almost smooth, there were too many persons in a vehicle, and for loose tools and equipment in a passenger vehicle while transporting passengers.

Tuesday morning RCMP responded to another collision in the area caused by a southbound driver losing control and rolling his vehicle. The two occupants of the truck were transported to hospital.

Higher elevation roads, including the Coquihalla, are still experiencing winter conditions. In the past 24 hours three centimetres of snow has fallen at Helmer Lake and 2 cm at Walloper. Rain is expected through Thursday morning on that section of highway. On the Okanagan Connector 12 cm of snow has fallen in the last 24 hours and more is expected Wednesday night. The Coquihalla Summit has only received 2 cm of snow but will experience rain through Thursday morning.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Jennifer Stahn at or call 250-819-3723. To contact an editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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