A deadly first weekend in December on B.C. Highways with six fatal crashes between Thursday and this morning.
One of those was yesterday on Highway 1, west of Salmon Arm, around 4:10 PM. It closed the highway for about seven hours.
“Upon arrival, it was determined that an eastbound Ford pickup crossed the centre line and collided head on westbound Chevrolet pickup truck,” said Cpl. Mike Halskov with the BC RCMP Traffic Services. “Two other westbound vehicles were caught up in the collision.”
“The lone male driver of the Ford pickup truck was deceased at the scene. Alcohol has not been ruled out as a contributing factor in this crash.”
In fact, driver error and alcohol are possibly the two main causes in a majority of the collisions.
“The driver error one its hard to know,” Halskov added. “There’s a lot of reasons why somebody could cross the centre line from being momentarily distracted to having a medical condition.”
The alcohol ones are preventable. I would be prepared to say that. We all make choices out there and I urge people not to drink and drive, because it could save your life or that of somebody else.”
There was also a crash near Lytton on Friday morning.
A female driver in a Ford Fusion pulled out onto the highway in front of a pickup truck. She succumbed to her injuries in hospital, while the pickup driver suffered minor injuries.
There were also crashes near Chetwynd, North Vancouver, Squamish, and Prince George, and they’re all being investigated.