On June 29, 2022 at approximately 2:05 PM, Clearwater RCMP, BC Highway Patrol and Emergency Services responded to a three-vehicle collision on Highway 5 near the Six Mile Bridge in Blue River, BC.
Upon arrival, it was determined that a northbound sedan with two occupants entered the oncoming lane and collided with the trailer of a wide-load and then head-on with the pilot truck following the wide-load. The driver of the sedan, a man in his seventies, and the passenger, a man in his twenties, died as a result of the collision. The driver of the pilot truck, a woman in her forties, was transported to hospital by Air Ambulance with significant injuries.
Clearwater RCMP has conduct of the investigation with assistance from BC Highway Patrol, the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service and the BC Coroners’ Service. The cause of the collision is not considered to be criminal in nature and, although early in the investigation and subject to change, evidence suggests that the driver of the sedan may have suffered a medical emergency prior to the crash.
Highway 5 was closed for over four hours while police gathered evidence to support the investigation before opening the highway to single lane alternating traffic. The highway is now fully open.
Anyone with information regarding this collision who has not yet spoken with police is asked to contact Clearwater RCMP at 250-674-2237 and cite file 2022-1023.