Deadly weekend on BC roads results in 6 drivers killed in crashes

Dec 3 2018, 6:06 pm

The first weekend of December was a dangerous and deadly one on BC roads, resulting in half a dozen fatalities.

According to BC RCMP, a total of six crashes happened over the last four days across the province.

The first took place on Thursday, November 29, in Chetwynd. RCMP attended a single vehicle fatal collision on Highway 29 near Jackfish Lake Road.  When police arrived on the scene, it was determined that a Ford F150 pickup with two male occupants went off the highway.  The driver of the pickup was ejected and was found deceased at the scene. The passenger sustained minor injuries.

On Friday, November 30, a two-vehicle collision was reported on Highway 1 at Main Street in Lytton around 10:25 am. A female driver in a Ford Fusion pulled onto the highway in front of a pickup truck. The woman died in hospital and the driver of the pickup truck suffered minor injuries. Police say diver error was the cause of the collision.

On Saturday, December 1, a three-vehicle collision took place on Highway 1 at Mountain Highway in North Vancouver — and closed the highway for six hours. Reports indicate a westbound driver on Highway 1 veered into oncoming lanes and crashed with a pickup and another car behind it. The lone male driver in the westbound vehicle died. The drivers of the other vehicles sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Two crashes occurred on Sunday, December 2. The first took place at approximately 11:50 am and involved a multi-vehicle collision on Highway 99 near Chance Creek Forest Service Road north of Squamish. Authorities determined that a northbound Subaru with a lone female driver crossed the centre line and crashed into two southbound vehicles. The driver of the Subaru died at the scene and the other drivers suffered non-life threatening juries. Road and weather conditions were reported as “good” at the time of the crash.

The second crash happened at 4:10 pm on Highway 1, approximately 15 kilometres west of Salmon Arm.  The head-on collision involved an eastbound Ford pickup that crossed the centre line and crashed head-on with a with another pickup truck. The lone male driver of the Ford died on scene. The occupants of the other vehicles involved suffered non-life-threatening injuries. RCMP say that alcohol has not been ruled out as a contributing factor to this collision.

The final deadly crash of the weekend took place on Monday, December 3, at 1 am, near Buckhorn Lake Road, about 10 kilometres south of Prince George. The head-on crash involved a northbound Ford F150 with three occupants that crossed the centre line and collided head-on with a southbound semi-truck. The driver of the pickup truck died at the scene. The other occupants and the driver of the semi-truck were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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