Pot holes and odd driver behaviour responsible for some of this week’s accidents

The past week was a busy one for local Mounties on the Trans-Canada and on Lake Revelstoke. Here’s a rundown, courtesy of Staff Sgt. Jacquie Olsen, of their activity:

On Sunday July 8, at 12:10 pm, the Revelstoke RCMP responded to a three-vehicle collision 58 kilometres east of Revelstoke on the Trans-Canada Highway. Investigation showed that all three vehicles were traveling eastbound when for some reason the natural flow of the traffic slowed and eventually stopped. An Alberta-registered vehicle failed to stop and struck the rear end of a stopped pickup truck pushing him into the vehicle directly in front of him.

A passenger in the pickup truck was transported to Queen Victoria Hospital by ambulance due to back and neck injuries. As the investigation continued the 14- year-old passenger in the offending vehicle appear to deteriorate and as a precaution the Air Ambulance from Kamloops was dispatched.

Highway 1 was closed for approximately 15 minutes to allow the air ambulance helicopter to land. She is reported to be in good condition at this time.

All occupants were reported to be wearing their seat belts at the time of the collision. A 35-year-old female driver was charged with driving without reasonable consideration and no valid drivers license.


On Thursday July 5, at 5 pm, officers responded to a single-vehicle accident that seem to have been caused by those still-unfixed pot holes in Rogers Pass.

Apparently, a 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle was unable to avoid a number of pot holes. The motorcycle began to wobble and as the 60-year-old operator was attempting to gain control he hit some loose dirt, causing him to fall over. The driver was taken to Queen Victoria Hospital where he was treated for a broken collar bone and some road rash. The motorcycle suffered mostly cosmetic damages and was still drive-able.


On Thursday July 5, at 2:30 pm, police responded to a single-vehicle accident approximately 52 kms east of Revelstoke on the Trans Canada Highway. Investigation showed that a motorcyclist apparently suffered an epileptic seizure while operating his motorcycle. This caused him to crash. He was taken to Queen Victoria Hospital with minor injuries.


On Sunday July 8, local Mounties conducted a water patrol on Lake Revelstoke. During this time 15 vessels were checked. Five vessel operators were given warnings for not producing their operators or vessel licences and two operators were tested for impairment.

We were very pleased to see that all vessels checked did have all of their safety equipment. RCMP would like to remind all users that it is mandatory to have an operators license, your vessel registered and that operating a vessel while impaired, is a criminal code offence that could result in a court date and the loss of your vehicle driver’s licence.