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Man in critical condition after collision, RCMP say alcohol and no seatbelt likely factors

A 24-year-old Prince Rupert man driving a minivan lost control and rolled the vehicle on the Coquihalla Highway, Nov. 25.

The driver as well as a 26-year-old Courtenay man who was sitting in the front seat were trapped inside while the man in the back seat, who has yet to be identified, was ejected from the vehicle.

"He was located in a ditch suffering critical injuries," said Staff Sgt. Grant Learned.

Learned said road conditions were reasonable and that evidence suggested alcohol was likely a factor.

RCMP are applying to the courts for a warrant to use blood samples from the men taken at the hospital when they were brought to the hospital with injuries.

No charges have been laid as of yet.

"The investigation is still ongoing," Learned said.

Tree falling accident leaves family devastated

One woman is dead after a tree falling accident about 3:30 p.m., Nov. 25.

Staff Sgt. Grant Learned said the 42-year-old woman was chopping the tree down with her husband, 47, about 11 kilometres up the Lac Le Jeune forestry service.

RCMP said the man was in no state to drive after the accident and was taken home by RCMP to his two young daughters.

Hikers found after stuck on steep terrain at Cinnamon Ridge

Three hikers were found by Kamloops Fire Rescue after being caught on a steep stretch near Cinnamon Ridge about 7:30 p.m., Nov. 25.

Two men in their 20s and a teenage girl were found after after missing an arranged rendezvous with a parent.

"The group was unsure about making a decent down," said Staff Sgt. Grant Learned. "The area is very, very steep."

The fire crew used flashlight signals to find the hikers.

— Jessica Wallace

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