Salmon Arm man faces charges in fatal crash near Field

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FIELD – A two-car crash on Highway 1 near the B.C.-Alberta border last night left a 37-year-old Calgary man dead and two others injured, including a Salmon Arm man who is also facing charges.

RCMP say the crash happened at about 7:15 p.m., April 24, three kilometres east of Field.

“At this time we believe that the eastbound vehicle failed to negotiate a curve striking on oncoming westbound vehicle,” Const. Spencer Lainchbury says in a media release.

The 32-year-old Calgary man driving the westbound vehicle was treated by paramedics at the scene, but his passenger, a 37-year-old Calgary man, didn’t make it.

The driver of the eastbound vehicle, a 33-year-old Salmon Arm man, was seriously injured and airlifted to hospital in Calgary and is expected survive, police say.

“We are continuing to investigate, but believe that speed and alcohol likely contributed to the collision,” Lainchbury says in the release. “We will likely be forwarding charges for impaired driving causing death against the driver of the eastbound vehicle.”

The Trans Canada was closed between Golden and Lake Louise for several hours last night to give the RCMP East Kootenay Traffic Service Unit and the Collision Reconstructionist time to investigate. It has since reopened.

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