A truck with a first-aid camper unit sits smoking after colliding with a rock face.

A truck with a first-aid camper unit sits smoking after colliding with a rock face.

Man arrested after Highway 97 crash

A 26-year-old man is facing charges after crashing a first-aid camper truck along Highway 97A

A 26-year-old man is facing charges after crashing a first-aid camper truck along Highway 97A.

The highway was reduced to single-lane traffic late Monday, March 23, while police, BC Ambulance Service paramedics and others responded to a single-vehicle collision. The incident occurred at approximately 4:25 p.m. near Hummingbird Resort.

Sicamous RCMP Sgt. Scott West says the driver of a grey pickup truck with a worksite first-aid camper in the box lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle crossed the centreline and into the oncoming lane. It then crossed back over into the right lane and onto the shoulder, where it struck an electronic traffic control board. The vehicle then collided with a rock face and came to rest on a concrete barricade. Damages are believed to be in excess of $30,000.

The driver fled the scene before police arrived, but was later located about a kilometre away. He was taken to hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

West says police have learned the driver had taken the company vehicle without consent, and was driving in a manner considered dangerous.

Police are recommending the driver be charged with dangerous operation of a vehicle and taking a vehicle without consent.

 

Salmon Arm Observer

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