On December 9, at 6:15 a.m., the Barriere RCMP received a complaint of a two vehicle collision involving a pickup and chip truck on Highway 5 in the area of Exlou.
Police report they arrived on scene to find a commercial truck with empty van trailer in the northbound lane along the fog line/shoulder area with major damage to the front passenger side.
Further south on the scene was a green Ford car in the northbound lane ditch area with severe damage to the rear of the vehicle.
BC Ambulance attended the scene and transported the driver of the car to Royal Inland Hospital with minor, non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the commercial truck did not sustain any physical injuries but was noticeably shaken up from the collision.
Rescue crews assisted on scene to ensure all parties were assessed and safe prior to the ambulance arrival. The scene was cleared with both vehicles being towed away.
At this time the investigation is ongoing with physical evidence and witness statements indicating the car was southbound and entered the northbound lane of travel, in front of the northbound commercial truck, causing the collision.
“This incident is a reminder to pay close attention to the road conditions, drive to the conditions and your abilities and always wear your seatbelt,” said Barriere RCMP Corporal Darin Underhill, “I would also like to send out a big thank you to the two flaggers that assisted on scene until other resources arrived and took over. Your actions likely saved another collision from occurring.”
Underhill also notes that it is also counter-attack season with many roadside checks being conducted in all areas.
“Please make sure you make plans to travel with a sober driver, taxi or other means if you have been drinking,” said the officer, “We have also seen a great fluctuation in the temperature of late and experienced many changing weather conditions. These conditions have made for a difficult time for drivers with snow and ice on the windows of the vehicle, lights covered from the drafting snow and inadequate tires causing issues with traction on the roadway.”
He reminds drivers that you must have a clear view through your front and side windows, clear view with your mirrors and properly functioning lights that are visible.
If you fail to make sure any of these issues are not dealt with you may be facing fines and removal from the roadway until they are corrected.
“Please take the time before you go and at each stop while driving around to make sure your vehicle is safe and ready to go,” stated Underhill, “We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!”