Carnage litters Victoria Street West
Three people were taken to Royal Inland Hospital after a head-on collision involving four vehicles in downtown Kamloops on Monday, Oct. 15.
Emergency crews were called to the 200-block of West Victoria Street — near Overlanders Bridge — just after 1 p.m. after a vehicle apparently crossed the centre line and struck an oncoming car.
The collision is believed to have taken place in the eastbound lanes.
A witness who works in the area but did not want his name published said he heard the crash, went outside and saw a man lying on the pavement.
“He looked to be in pretty rough shape,” he said.
“He was bleeding quite a bit.”
Kamloops RCMP Staff Sgt. Grant Learned said of the three people taken to hospital, one is believed to have been suffering a serious head injury.
“But, the nature of the head injury was not as serious as first thought,” he said.
Police had traffic closed on West Victoria Street for two-and-a-half hours following the collision.
The crash took place within feet of the spot where 36-year-old Leah Cardinal was killed in a head-on collision on Nov. 3, 2009.
Police later determined Cardinal’s vehicle had crossed the centre line after coming down the ramp from the Overlanders Bridge.
The investigation into this week’s crash is ongoing.
Learned said all three injured people were expected to have been released from hospital within hours of the collision.