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Kamloops emergency crews rescue driver after van slides down embankment

June 22, 2020 - 3:55 PM

A suspected drunk driver was rescued after hitting parked car with a van and going over 10-metre embankment in Kamloops this afternoon.

RCMP say a red Dodge van collided with an unoccupied parked car near Laval Crescent on Cariboo Place in the Sahali neighbourhood today, June 22, around 1 p.m.

The driver hit the parked car with enough force to cause the van to slide down an embankment and come to a stop in a precarious position 10 metres down from the road, according to an RCMP media release.

Kamloops Fire crews secured the van with a winch cable before assisting the driver, a 60 year-old man, out of the van for assessment by B.C. Ambulance. 

After roadside sobriety tests were conducted, the driver was issued a roadside 24-hour prohibition. Charges under the Motor Vehicle Act are also being recommended.

“We are thankful nobody was seriously hurt in this incident,” Kamloops RCMP watch commander Sgt. Mat Van Laer said in the release. “It really was a good response from all emergency personnel in this case, with Kamloops Fire and B.C. Ambulance Services all assisting in keeping everyone and everything safe.”

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