Icy roads likely factor in Yellowhead Highway head-on collision

By Vanessa Ybarra
December 24, 2016 - 7:31am Updated: December 24, 2016 - 8:03am

KAMLOOPS —  Icy conditions is largely being blamed for a head-on collission on the Yellowhead Highway Friday night. 

Kamloops Fire Rescue Acting Platoon Captain Steve Butchart says they received the call about the head-on crash 1.5 kilometres north of Rayleigh just before 8:30 p.m.

Crews had to use the jaws of life to extract occupants from one of the vehicles.

"The crews arrived on scene. There was one vehicle down in the ditch area, one was on the highway. Two of them had to be cut out of the one vehicle that was down in the ditch."

Butchart says all three occupants of the vehicle, as well the sole driver of the other vehicle, were sent to Royal Inland Hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

While slippery roads likely played a factor, Butchart says police are investigating whether speed or alcohol may have also contributed.



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