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Police kept busy with Coq crashes

July 20, 2016 11:25 A.M.

Weather was a factor but not the only factor cited in three collisions Tuesday on the Coquihalla Highway near Inks Lake.

Kamloops Rural RCMP confirmed Wednesday that the rain and resulting crashes kept them busy throughout the morning.

Two collisions happened before 7 a.m. One vehicle was traveling northbound when the driver lost control. The vehicle rolled several times before coming to rest in the centre median. The vehicle was totalled but the driver was uninjured.

In the second early morning collision, a vehicle was travelling southbound when the driver lost control, striking the outside median. Again the vehicle was totalled and the driver was uninjured.

Just after 11 a.m., emergency personnel responded to another single vehicle collision involving a van northbound on the highway just south of the Inks Lake turnoff. A van left the road, rolling

numerous times before coming to rest in the centre grass median. 

The two adult occupants and two children were transported to RIH by ambulance. Both adults sustained serious injuries while the children are in stable condition. Seatbelt use and side airbags aided in preventing more serious injuries. However, minimum tire tread may have been a factor in the collision.

Recently the route has received heavy rainfall. Hydroplaning contributed to all three collisions Tuesday, police say. They remind the public that, although the highway is posted at 120 km/hr, they should drive according to conditions.

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