Tragic week on local highways

RCMP traffic investigators were called to a fatal crash on Highway 93 in Kootenay National Park last Friday and have determined that a family of four perished in the collision.

In total three vehicles were involved, a southbound B.C. registered, unloaded, flat deck b-train tractor trailer unit and a northbound Dodge camper van, towing a compact 4x4.

The scene examination and witness accounts indicate that the southbound tractor trailer unit crossed over the center line and jack-knifed into the path of the northbound van.  The truck and trailer units then pinned the van against the no post barriers and caused the vehicles to ignite.

Evidence and information indicates that the driver of the van made all efforts possible to avoid the collision with the truck by driving onto the shoulder of the road was unable, however, to avoid the collision. Motorists who stopped were able to assist the truck driver, but  were helpless to assist those in the van due to the fire.

The van was removed and examined and investigators were able to determine that the van contained four occupants. They have been identified as a family of four, vacationing California.

The driver of the truck was detained by investigators and later released without charges at this time.

Creston RCMP and BC Coroners Services are investigating an accidental death of an Idaho man who fell over a roadside embankment while geocaching along Highway 3A north of Creston on Wednesday, July  20.

Around 2:20 pm, the RCMP, BC Ambulance Services and Nelson Search and Rescue were dispatched to a roadside pull-off area near Alkokli Creek Road, where the 75-year-old man had fallen down a steep embankment after the group had stopped to locate a geocache site.

Despite the efforts of the man’s family and another group of motorists who stopped and also provided first aid and CPR, the man died at the scene as a result of the injuries sustained in the fall.

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