Mounties said alcohol may have been involved in a crash that sent a woman to hospital in critical condition, around the dinner hour Wednesday evening.
As many as three were taken to hospital.
According to Drive BC, the Trans Canada Highway at Fisher Road was closed for close to six hours after a BMW sedan and a flatbed pickup truck collided just before 6 p.m. The car burst into flames following the crash.
“Preliminary investigation indicates a black Ford F350 flat deck truck, was travelling southbound on Highway 1, and turned left at the intersection of Fisher Rd, directly into the path of a white BMW sedan, who was traveling northbound. The BMW sedan was unable to negotiate around the truck and collided with it,” said a press release issued by Cpl. Brad Robinson of South Island Traffic Services.
A 20-year-old woman who was a passenger in the BMW remains in critical condition, Robinson said.
“An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the collision, however early indications are that alcohol was a contributing factor,” he wrote.
While not involved in the crash Denis Pilon, a.k.a. The Mountain Man, has been feeling repercussions from it nonetheless. The truck in the crash was still sporting the logo of his business, though Pilon sold the truck in November. He offers his sympathies and condolences to those who were injured, but wants community members, some of whom have called to confront him about the crash, to know he and his firm were in no way involved.
Witnesses are being sought.
Those with information regarding the incident are encouraged to call South Island Traffic Services at 250-416-0352.