Crash near Sun Peaks sends three to hospital
Three people were taken to Royal Inland Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries following an accident on icy roads near Sun Peaks Resort on Tuesday, Nov. 20.
Mounties, paramedics and members of the Sun Peaks Fire Department responded to the two-vehicle crash on Heffley Creek Road at 8 a.m.
The driver of a southbound van lost control about eight kilometres from the Highway 5A turnoff, crossed the centreline and collided with a northbound pickup truck driven by a Kamloops man.
Police say the truck driver did well to pull his vehicle wide and to the shoulder of the road, thereby avoiding a head-on crash.
As it was, the front corner of the van struck the driver’s door and side of the pickup truck. After the collision, the truck came to rest on a field and the van carried on for another 400 feet before landing upright in a ditch.
Both airbags in the truck were deployed, with the passenger of the vehicle suffering a possible broken wrist. The female driver of the van and her son received minor whiplash-type injuries, with all three people treated in hospital.
Both vehicle were totalled, with police saying roads at the time of the crash were extremely icy as frost was coming out on the pavement.
Charges will not be recommended.
Mounties are reminding motorist to drive to road conditions at this time of the year and to pay particular attention to those areas of highways that are shaded and often icy until later in the day.
There have also been reports of black ice and general icy roads on Highway 97 between Kamloops and Vernon and on the Coquihalla Highway between Kamloops and Merritt.