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Camp River crash sends five to hospital

Chilliwack RCMP are surprised a single motor vehicle accident between a truck and a tree didn’t end in death.

RCMP were called to the 47000 block of Camp River Road at 12:15 a.m. Sunday after a Ford F350 drove head-on into a tree.

Five of the six people in the vehicle were sent to various area hospitals with non life-threatening injuries; one was airlifted to Vancouver.

The driver was a 20-year-old Chilliwack male.

Alcohol has been deemed a factor, and investigators are still trying to determine what role speed played in the crash.

“It seems to be that younger people tend to think that these sorts of accidents won’t happen to them and it’s just not the case,” said Const. Tracy Wolbeck. “They’re random, they can happen to anybody, and especially if they’re fueled with alcohol, the chances increase significantly.

“This one could very easily have been fatal for several of the participants, and thankfully wasn’t,” said Wolbeck.

“It’s quite surprising it wasn’t, actually.”

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