July 26, 2015 - 4:40 PM
KAMLOOPS – Emergency crews were on the scene of a crash involving multiple vehicles on the Coquihalla Highway south of Kamloops Sunday, which sent six people to hospital.
RCMP say just before 11 a.m., July 26, they were called to the series of crashes in the northbound lanes of Highway 5 near the Inks Lake brake check between Kamloops and Logan Lake.
“An intense storm deposited heavy rain and hail on the roadway contributing to northbound vehicles losing control,” Sgt. Michael Buxton-Carr says in a media release. “A minor collision between two vehicles led to trailing vehicles slowing rapidly and resulted in three vehicles leaving the roadway to the right and travelling down a steep embankment.”
Buxton-Carr says one of those three vehicles rolled several times down the embankment.
Six people were injured and transported to Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops by four ground ambulances and an air ambulance, David Weir with B.C. Ambulance says.
Buxton-Carr says the injuries were non-life threatening, adding the use of seatbelts helped prevent more serious injuries.
The northbound lanes were closed for over two hours, but one lane reopened around 1 p.m. and the highway was completely open by 2:45 p.m., according to Drive B.C.
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— This story was updated at 12:29 p.m., Sunday, July 26, 2015 to include new information from Drive B.C.
— This story was updated at 1:04 p.m., Sunday, July 26, 2015 to include new information from B.C. Ambulance.
— This story was updated at 1:24 p.m., Sunday, July 26, 2015 to say Highway 5 northbound has one lane open.
— This story was updated at 2:51 p.m., Sunday, July 26, 2015 to say Highway 5 had completed reopened to traffic.
— This story was updated at 4:40 p.m., Sunday, July 26, 2015 to add information from RCMP.
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