Alberta man injured after wild Coquihalla ride

By James Peters
August 28, 2017 - 2:10pm

KAMLOOPS — An Alberta man is being treated for injuries after taking a wild ride off the Coquihalla Highway this afternoon.

S/Sgt. Doug Aird of Kamloops Rural RCMP says the single-vehicle crash took place at about 12:20 p.m.

"The vehicle was northbound between the Logan Lake turnoff and the Inks Lake truck stop," said Aird. "The driver, for unknown reasons, crossed the roadway, left the road, travelled about 500 feet up the embankment. The vehicle came back down toward the road where it rolled once."

Aird says weather and road conditions were good at the time, so the cause of the crash is a mystery.

"A bit of an embankment, left the roadway, cut across the lanes, went off the road. We're not sure why he did it at this point in time, but we're going to be following up with that."

Aird notes emergency workers responding to the scene had to deal with a stressful work site, thanks to the traffic speeding by.

"Traffic was very heavy at the time, and traffic control was very difficult. People were not abiding by the law of travelling 70 km/h passing emergency vehicles, which included ambulance, fire and police. We had lots of them doing 120-plus going past us as we were trying to treat this fellow."

As of 2:00 p.m., responders were still on scene, though traffic was getting through.

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