Occupants escape with minor injuries

Van left road, skipped through clearing and smashed into a tree

Around 3:22 p.m. on July 14, Cariboo Chilcotin Traffic Services and the 100 Mile House RCMP members were dispatched to attend a single-vehicle incident on Canim-Hendrix Lake Road near the intersection of Roseneau Road.

They located a van, which was significantly damaged, in the trees around 100 metres off of Canim-Hendrix Lake Road.

Investigation revealed the vehicle had been travelling at a high rate of speed when it lost control on a corner and went off of the road. The vehicle skipped through a clearing and smashed into a tree.

Upon colliding with the tree, the vehicle spun 360 degrees coming to rest on a guy wire adjacent to a hydro pole.

The male driver, a 26-year-old Canim Lake resident, was located a short distance from the vehicle straddling a tree. Scene evidence suggested the driver was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected through the rear window of the van.

The 30-year-old female passenger, also from Canim Lake, was wearing her seatbelt and the airbag deployed.

Forest Grove Volunteer Fire Department and 100 Mile House Fire-Rescue personnel provided initial emergency response, bringing the male out from the collision site to the roadway where BC Ambulance paramedics treated him. The man was air lifted to Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops.

The female passenger was able to walk from the scene onto Canim-Hendrix Lake Road. She was transported to 100 Mile District General Hospital by B.C. Ambulance where she received treatment. Both suffered non-life threatening injuries.


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