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Four seriously injured in Trans Canada crash in Shuswap

A pickup truck towing a camper was one of three vehicles involved in a crash on the Trans Canada in the Shuswap which injured five people, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016.
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August 30, 2016 - 4:21 PM

CHASE - Four people were taken to Royal Inland Hospital in serious condition, some by air ambulance, following a three-vehicle crash on Highway 1 near Sorrento this weekend.

Chase RCMP say the collision happened at about 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 27, closing the Trans Canada for several hours. A total of five people were injured in the crash, four with serious injuries.

A Volkswagen was travelling westbound and had stopped on the highway to make a left turn onto Desfosses Road, according to a RCMP media release. An SUV approached from behind and began slowing to a stop.

"Behind the SUV, a pick-up truck towing a travel trailer began to brake, but was unable to stop in time," Sgt. Gary Heebner says in the release. "The driver of the SUV had begun to move to the right to attempt to avoid being hit, but the SUV was struck in the right rear corner and the Volkswagen received the brunt of the impact."

The six people in the pick-up truck and the people in the SUV weren't hurt, Heebner says.

Chase Fire Rescue helped extricate passengers from the Volkswagon. The highway was closed for several hours while the investigation was conducted. 

The pickup driver, 42, was ticketed under the Motor Vehicle Act, but RCMP don't say what the ticket was for.

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