RCMP said in a media release there were two fatalities on BC’s Highways Wednesday night, near Fernie and Port Alberni.
Sparwood RCMP said at a approximately 9:20 p.m. Elk Valley RCMP was dispatched to a single vehicle collision on Highway 3, approximately ½ kilometre east of the Sparwood weigh scales.
“Upon arrival it was determined that a west bound vehicle with a single occupant left the roadway and collided with a hydro pole. The collision itself was not witnessed,” RCMP said. “The 50-year-old male driver from the East Kootenay area died at the scene.”
RCMP said cause of the collision remains under investigation by East Kootenay Traffic Services and nothing has been ruled out, however the road surface was described as icy, with blowing snow and temperatures near –15 degrees Celsius.
Earlier Wednesday, at 8:25 p.m., Port Alberni RCMP wasdispatched to a single vehicle collision on Highway 4, approximately six kilometres west of Sutton Pass.
“Upon arrival it was determined that a single vehicle with two adults and two children left the roadway, went down a steep embankment and came to rest against a tree,” RCMP said. “All four occupants were extricated from the vehicle, however the 28-year-old male passenger died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.”
RCMP said the 25-year-old female driver sustainedsignificant injuries, as did the three-year-old child while the remaining child, a six-year-old girl, received only minor injuries.
Central Vancouver Island Traffic Services (CVITS) has assumed conduct of this investigation. At this time, lack of occupant restraints is considered to be a contributing factor to the significant injuries sustained by the vehicle’s occupants.
The cause of the collisionitself remains under investigation and nothing has been ruled out at this early stage.