The first weekend of December has proved deadly on British Columbia highways, resulting in a number of fatalities.
According to the BC RCMP’s traffic division services, as many as six people lost their life on the highways in separate incidents.
The latest tragic incident that claimed the life of a young Squamish woman happened on December 2 at approximately 11:50 AM, a multi-vehicle collision occurred on Highway 99 near Chance Creek Forest Service Road, approximately 30 kilometres north of Squamish.
It was determined that a northbound Subaru with a lone female driver crossed the centre line and collided with two southbound vehicles.
The driver of the Subaru was deceased at the scene while passengers in other vehicles received minor, non-life-threatening injuries. Road and weather conditions at the time were reported as “good.”
The cause of this crash remains under investigation by Sea to Sky Traffic Services and no further information is available at this time. Meanwhile, friends and family of the Bekah Mann, who died in the crash, have launched a fundraiser.
On Saturday, December 1, 2018 at approximately 6:35 pm, a three-vehicle collision occurred on Highway 1 at Mountain Highway in North Vancouver. It was reported that a westbound vehicle on Highway 1 veered into the oncoming lanes and collided with an eastbound pickup truck and another car that had been following.
The lone male driver of the westbound vehicle died as a result of his injuries. The occupants of the other vehicles sustained non-life-threatening injuries. The cause of the collision remains under investigation. Port Mann Traffic Services is continuing to investigate and there is no further information available at this time.
On Friday, November 30, 2018 at approximately 10:25 AM a two-vehicle collision was reported on Highway 1 at Main Street in Lytton. The lone female driver of a Ford Fusion pulled out onto the highway in front of a pickup truck with a lone male driver. The woman driving the Fusion succumbed to her injuries in hospital. It appears driver error was the cause of this collision. The driver of the pickup truck sustained minor injuries. Central Interior Traffic Services (Ashcroft) is investigating and no further information is available at this time.
On Sunday, December 2, 2018 at approximately 4:10 PM a head-on collision occurred on Highway 1 approximately 15 kilometres west of Salmon Arm. Police determined that an eastbound Ford pickup truck crossed the centre line and collied head-on with a westbound Chevrolet pickup truck. Two other westbound vehicles were caught up in the collision. The lone male driver of the Ford pickup was deceased at the scene.
Alcohol has not been ruled out as a contributing factor to this collision. The occupants of the other vehicles involved suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Trans Canada East Traffic Services (Golden) is investigating and no further information is available at this time.
On December 3, 2018 at approximately 1 AM a head-on collision occurred on Highway 97 near Buckhorn Lake Road, about 10 kilometres south of Prince George. Upon arrival it was determined that a northbound Ford F150 with three occupants crossed the centre line and collided head-on with a southbound semi-truck.
The driver of the pickup truck was deceased at the scene, while the remaining occupants and the driver of the semi-truck were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The cause of the crash is under investigation. North District Traffic Services (Prince George) is continuing to investigate and no further information is available at this time.