Kamloops woman jumps to safety from rolling van

A 66-year-old Kamloops woman jumped to safety from a driverless van before it rolled across a parking lot hitting a parked car and Sahali residence Saturday night.

The decision to jump from the 2006 Dodge Caravan before it collided with a 1998 Nissan 200S and the home at 460 Dalgeish Dr. resulted in minor injuries for the woman.

Family had been visiting friends in the area at the time and were getting ready to leave about 8 p.m. when the incident occurred.

The 43-year-old owner of the vehicle opened the drivers' door to buckle in his three-year-old daughter and five-year-old son into the vehicle when the van began rolling backwards across the parking lot.

The man's mother, who was in the vehicle, jumped out as it began building up speed. She rolled down a grassy embankment and suffered back injuries.

She was taken to Royal Inland Hospital after the incident.

The kids and a 16-year-old acquaintance who was also in the vehicle sustained minor injuries.

Damage to both the vehicle and residence are still being assessed, but the building faced moderate external damage.

The owner told RCMP he had not started the engine, that the vehicle was in park position and the emergency parking break was engaged when the vehicle rolled away. The vehicle has been impounded pending a mechanical inspection.

To contact a reporter for this story, email: jwallace@infotelnews.ca or call (250) 319-7494.

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