Mini-van tumbles into graveyard of crashed vehicles

VERNON - Anyone watching a mini-van tumble down an embankment into a gully in the Noble Canyon area might have been reminded of an episode of a '70's cop show.

The only thing missing was the explosion at the end.

Mounties don't have all the details yet about the vehicle they investigated in a gully near Highway 6 and Grey Road in Cold Stream. A witness told them it came over an embankment and barrel-rolled about 10 times and became airborne before coming to rest out of sight, 300-350 feet from the top. He didn't see anyone ejected and he didn't see any other vehicles at the top of the cliffs.

Search and Rescue was called and sent a rope team into the area as well as a helicopter to lower the technician into the crash site using a winch. The crash site was determined by tracking where the vehicle left the road and following the debris trail down the hillside. There were also marks to show where the car had impacted as it descended.

The Mazda mini-van was found without plates among seven or eight other vehicles. The VIN number was located and checked. With fuel running low, the helicopter team pulled out and the licence plates and VIN numbers of the other vehicles were not checked.

No victims were located.

Mounties believe the unoccupied vehicle was sent over the embankment on purpose.

Anyone with information can contact Vernon RCMP at 250-545-7171.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Shelley Jordan at or call 250-491-0331. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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