Multi-vehicle crash closes downtown Kamloops street, sends four to hospital

Victoria Street West was closed in both directions for about an hour on Tuesday morning following a multi-vehicle crash near near Emerald House.

The crash involved three vehicles and occurred just before 8:45 a.m.

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Pieces of debris from the crash could be seen strewn about all four lanes of the downtown road.

All three vehicles received significant damage and had to be towed from the scene, RCMP Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said in a press release.

There is no word yet on the cause of rhe crash as police are still investigating.

Traffic in both directions was rerouted as emergency crews tended to the scene.

The crash appeared to involve a white Ford truck — stopped in the eastbound lanes with its hood popped and air bags deployed — a silver Ford Freestar facing the same direction in the right, westbound lane and a blue Jeep, which had damage to its front end, located in the Stereo Warehouse parking lot.

The white Ford truck and the Freestar were travelling eastbound, while the Jeep was travelling westbound.

One witness to the crash told KTW the white Ford crossed the centre line and almost struck her vehicle.

“There was just [mangled] cars in my rearview mirror,” she said.

Four people were taken to hospital with what police described as minor injuries.

Victoria Street West re-opened at 10:15 a.m. Kamloops Fire Rescue platoon Capt. Darryl Cooper said no one was injured critically and no one was entrapped in the vehicles.

KFR also attended a crash where a vehicle was rear-ended on the Overlanders Bridge at about the same time. Cooper said one vehicle was towed away in that accident.

 

—This story has been updated from an earlier version to include more information from Kamloops RCMP and Kamloops Fire Rescue

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