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Winter conditions contribute to two fatal crashes west of Kamloops

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KAMLOOPS - Police say winter road conditions led to two crashes involving fatalities in separate crashes west of Kamloops yesterday, Dec. 30.

The first crash occurred on Highway 99 near Pavilion, B.C. shortly before 8 a.m. when a woman left the road in a single vehicle incident and came to rest on Pavilion Lake, says Sgt. Mike Pears of Central Interior Traffic Services, in a release.

Her Ford Explorer was partially submerged through the ice. Bystanders attempted a rescue but when the ice began to crack, they had to retreat. Pears says the driver and lone occupant likely didn't survive the crash anyway. The vehicle was removed by a tow truck and revealed extensive damage. 

"Investigators believe that speed relative to conditions may be the leading contributing factor to the cause of this collision," Pears says. "It is unfortunate that this message has to be continually repeated to all highway users: Slow down and drive to the conditions of the road."

A few hours later, around noon, police were called to Ashcroft for a collision involving two tractor trailers. While road conditions were good, fog reduced visibility. One semi trailer attempted to turn left onto the Trans Canada Highway, and nearly cleared the intersection but was hit by another tractor trailer.

The driver of the turning rig suffered only minor injuries though his passenger was taken to hospital with non life threatening injuries. The driver of the other truck, however, was dead at the scene. 

If you witnessed the crash, you are asking to call traffic investigators in Ashcroft at 250-453-2216.

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