Clinton RCMP report

Clinton RCMP busy with rollovers on icy Highway 97

  • Dec. 1, 2016 1:00 p.m.

Clinton RCMP responded to several motor vehicle incidents (MVIs) between Nov. 25 and 28.

Rollover MVI

Around 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 28, Clinton RCMP attended to a single-vehicle rollover on Highway 97 at 59 Mile.

The northbound pick-up truck, towing a trailer, encountered ice on the road surface. The trailer lost traction, which caused the truck to lose control, cross the southbound lanes and roll into the ditch.

The driver was not injured.

Rollover entrapment

Around 3 p.m. on Nov. 28, police, BC Ambulance Service and Fire Rescue responded to a single vehicle rollover MVI on Highway 97, north of Chasm.

The SUV had been northbound when it attempted to legally pass slower moving traffic. The driver lost control in the slush, crossed the southbound lanes and rolled into the ditch.

The crash was witnessed by another motorist who, along with two off-duty BC Ambulance crews from Vanderhoof, assisted.

The passenger was trapped in the vehicle and was comforted and tended to until Fire Rescue from Clinton arrived. The passenger was removed and both occupants were transported to 100 Mile District General Hospital for treatment and released.

Downed power pole

Around 5 p.m. on Nov. 28, RCMP and BC Hydro responded to a complaint of a downed power pole and damaged wires on Highway 97 and North Bonaparte Road.

When police and BC Hydro arrived, there was no suspect vehicle at the scene. Attending police spoke to people in the area and were unable to identify a suspect.

Unsafe passing

Around 11 p.m. on Nov. 28, police responded to a complaint of single-vehicle rollover MVI on Highway 97 at Cunningham Road (north of 70 Mile House).

The driver was the only occupant. While passing an off-duty BC Ambulance Service employee, the driver lost control on the icy road and rolled in the northbound ditch.

The driver was treated for injuries and served a violation ticket.

Highway 97 closed

Around 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 25, RCMP attended to a single-vehicle rollover MVI on Highway 97, five kilometres south of 70 Mile House.

The northbound driver left the highway and collided with a power pole and there was a temporary loss of power.

BC Hydro, Ministry of Highways staff, BC Ambulance and the 70 Mile House Volunteer Fire Department attended.

For safety reasons, as a result of the low hanging wires, Highway 97 was closed for several hours resulting in traffic backing up for several kilometres.

The driver was served a violation ticket.