By Gagandeep Ghuman
Published: July 21, 2012
A four-car accident near Brandywine Falls on the Sea to Sky Highway injured 12 people on Thursday, July 19.
Whistler RCMP said the collision occurred at 4 p.m., and blocked the highway for at least two hours.
The collision occurred when a vehicle travelling northbound on Highway 99 crossed the highway, and hit a vehicle travelling southbound.
The northbound vehicle continued, and hit a second vehicle, which was further hit by a third southbound vehicle that was unable to stop.
Whistler Staff Sgt. Rob Knapton said three individuals involved in the accident, including one with a head injury, were transported by helicopter to the Vancouver General Hospital.
Nine other individuals involved in the accident were treated at scene, he added.
It’s not clear if drugs or alcohol were a factor in this accident.
The accident came a day after RCMP slapped a heavy fine on five motorcyclists who were going double the posted speed.
Travelling north-bound, all five zipped past an unmarked cruiser at 160 kilometres per hour-double the posted 80 kilometres speed.
They were caught when the police set up a roadblock south of Squamish.
“They may not realize it, but these motorcyclists are lucky we pulled them over,” Sgt. Peter Thiessen told the Vancouver Province.
“Motorcyclists should be aware of the risks and of how easily they could lose control of their bikes. Too often we find drivers may not be familiar with the weight or capabilities of their bikes.”
The five drivers, ranged between 25 to 47 years old, were each issued a speeding ticket of $483 with one driver also fined $276 for not having a driver’s licence at the time.
The bikes were impounded for seven days.