Blue River crash kills one, injures second

A single vehicle crash five km south of Blue River early Saturday morning

A woman is dead and a man has suffered non-life threatening injuries following a single vehicle crash five km south of Blue River early Saturday morning.

Both are residents of the central Vancouver Island area.

According to Cpl. Bart Doerr of Clearwater RCMP’s Traffic Services division, police received a report about the crash at approximately 3:57 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2.

Upon the arrival of the police at the scene, members ascertained that a northbound vehicle had left the travel portion of the highway and entered into the right hand ditch. The vehicle then flipped before coming to rest a short distance away on its roof. There were two occupants in the vehicle at the time.

During the crash, the female passenger appeared to not have been seat-belted into the vehicle.

Unfortunately, the female passenger died at the scene from the injuries she sustained.

The male driver was removed from the vehicle and was transported to the Clearwater hospital for non-life threatening injuries, including mid-body injuries.

The RCMP are in the preliminary stages of this investigation and have not made any definite determinations as to the cause or relative factors leading to this incident.

At this point in time, drugs and alcohol are not suspected as contributing factors in this crash.

During the time of the crash, weather and road conditions were considered good.

A Southeast District RCMP collision reconstructionist attended the scene to assist the investigation.

The local coroner also attended and is assisting with this investigation. The investigation will continue into the cause of this tragic incident.

Police are not releasing the names of those involved as next-of-kin have yet to be notified.