One Ontario resident is dead and two others sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries as a result of a single vehicle crash near Darfield on Saturday morning.
According to Cpl. Bart Doerr of Clearwater RCMP, on Aug. 30 at approximately 8:30 a.m., members of the Southeast District RCMP Traffic Services, Barriere RCMP and Clearwater RCMP responded to a report of a single vehicle crash on Yellowhead Highway 5 approximately five kilometres south of Little Fort.
Upon the arrival of the police at the scene, members ascertained that a southbound vehicle had left the travel portion of the highway and entered into the left hand ditch. The vehicle then rolled down a very steep embankment before coming to rest a short distance away on its side against a tree, on its side.
There were three occupants in the vehicle in the vehicle at the time.
Unfortunately, the female passenger died at the scene from the injuries she sustained during the crash.
The female driver and male passenger were cut free from the vehicle and were transported to the Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops with serious but non-life threatening, injuries they sustained. The driver and passenger will remain at the Royal Inland for further followup and medical care.
RCMP are in the preliminary stages of this investigation, Doerr said, 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.
At this point in time, the police are not releasing the names of those involved as next-of-kin have yet to be notified.
A Southeast District RCMP collision reconstructionist and a local coroner attended the scene, assisting with the investigation. The investigation will continue into the cause of this tragic incident.
Police ask that, if there are any other witnesses to this crash or this vehicle prior to the crash, that they come forward and speak with police. Calls can be forwarded through to the Clearwater RCMP Detachment at 250-674-2237.