Occupants escape with minor injuries

Van left road, skipped through clearing and smashed into a tree

  • Jul. 18, 2014 6:00 a.m.

Around 3:22 p.m. on July 14, members of the Cariboo Chilcotin Traffic Services and the 100 Mile House RCMP were dispatched to attend a single-vehicle collision on Canim-Hendrix Lake Road near the intersection of Roseneau Road.

Upon arrival, officers located a blue, 2003 Pontiac Montana Van in the trees approximately 100 metres off of Canim-Hendrix Lake Road. The vehicle was significantly damaged.

Investigation revealed the vehicle had been travelling north bound at a high rate of speed when it lost control on a corner, traversing off of the road. The vehicle skipped through a clearing and smashed into a tree approximately 100 metres from where it had left the roadway.

Upon colliding with the tree, the vehicle spun 360 degrees coming to rest on a guy wire adjacent to a hydro pole.

The male driver, a 26-year-old Canim Lake resident, was located a short distance from the vehicle straddling a tree. Scene evidence suggested the driver was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected through the rear window of the van.

The 30-year-old female passenger, also from Canim Lake, was wearing her seatbelt and the airbag deployed.

Forest Grove Volunteer Fire Department and 100 Mile House Fire-Rescue personnel provided initial emergency response, bringing the male out from the collision site to the roadway where BC Ambulance paramedics treated him. The man was air lifted to Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops.

Subsequent to the crash, the female was able to walk from the scene onto Canim-Hendrix Lake Road. She was transported to 100 Mile District General Hospital by B.C. Ambulance where she received treatment. Both individuals obtained non-life threatening injuries.

Investigation into the matter continues and charges are expected. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor.

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