Yellowhead crash leaves one in critical condition

By James Peters
December 29, 2015 - 9:31am Updated: December 29, 2015 - 4:44pm

KAMLOOPS — RCMP say a man critically injured in a crash on the Yellowhead Highway this morning was not wearing his seatbelt.

According to investigators, the crash happened at about 9:00 this morning and included six vehicles - three in the initial collision and three that ran into debris.

Mounties say a southbound car lost control and hit a northbound cube van, which in turn collided with a southbound pickup truck pulling a cargo trailer.

The driver of the pickup truck was not wearing his seatbelt, and was rushed to Royal Inland Hospital in critical condition.

Three others involved in the crash were injured.

John St. Louis witnessed the crash.

"It's very scary," said St. Louis. "Just for a few seconds, it's like everything slows down into slow motion almost. Then all of the sudden cars are getting hit and flying off the road. It gets your heart rate up pretty good."

Bush says roads are slick right now, and motorists should slow down on area highways.

The route was completely closed for several hours while the scene was investigated and cleaned up, but traffic is getting through now.

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