Kamloops men dodge death on Coquihalla

Two Kamloops men dodged death on the Coquihalla Highway on the weekend after two accidents killed  a 54-year-old West Kelowna woman.

The carnage began on Sunday, Feb. 3, at about 6:35 p.m., approximately 35 kilometres north of Hope.

Three vehicles — a 2008 Toyota, a 2008 Ford and a 2007 International commercial vehicle hauling lumber — were traveling southbound on the highway near the Zopkis brake check. The vehicles subsequently collided with one another and ended up coming to rest on the on the highway and on the road's shoulder.

The two occupants of the Toyota, a 66-year-old woman and a 67-year-old man from Langley, were injured.

While the two 40-year-old Kamloops men from the 2008 Ford and the 54-year-old woman from West Kelowna, who had been a passenger in the commercial vehicle, rendered medical help to the injured, a fourth vehicle, a 2008 Chevrolet driven by a 62-year-old man from West Kelowna, drove through the collision scene and struck the Toyota.

The two men from Kamloops were able to leap to safety, but the 54-year-old woman from West Kelowna was struck by the stationary Toyota after the Chevrolet struck it, while her 59-year-old husband witnessed the crash.

She was taken to Fraser Canyon Hospital in Hope, where she succumbed to her injuries. Her name has not been released yet pending notification of next of kin.

The driver of the Chevrolet stopped briefly down the road from the collision scene, but did not return to the scene, instead choosing to drive to Hope, where he went to the RCMP detachment. Police said he's been co-operating with investigators.

Mounties say primary investigation reveals it was snowing at the time of the collisions, Police say speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors.

Anyone who witnessed the collision and who has not spoken to the police is asked to contact Const. Laszlo Bali of Fraser Valley Traffic Services at 604-702-4039.


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