A 23-year-old woman from Lac La Hache was airlifted to hospital in Kamloops for non-life threatening injuries to her head and upper body after a motor vehicle incident 10 kilometres north of McLeese Lake Thursday morning, RCMP said.
“At approximately 7 a.m. on Thursday, Quesnel RCMP received a report of a serious single vehicle collision on Highway 97,” said Const. Krista Vrolyk of the Quesnel RCMP crime reduction unit. “Initial reports indicated a commercial truck and trailer unit was travelling northbound when the driver lost control, left the roadway and flipped into the southbound ditch trapping its two occupants inside.
Vrolyk said it was later determined the occupants remained in the vehicle awaiting emergency personnel as a precaution due to the extent of their injuries.
The 46-year-old male driver was transported to Cariboo Memorial Hospital in Williams Lake where he is being treated for non life-threatening injuries to his collarbone.
Both were extracted by Central Cariboo Search and Rescue, Vrolyk said, adding at the time of the crash, the road was covered by slush and ice. The highway remained closed for two hours at the scene.
Quesnel RCMP are asking all drivers to ensure they are prepared and equipped to deal with winter driving conditions.
“Ensure that your vehicle is equipped with snow tires or chains. Remember that the posted speed limit is designed for ideal road conditions. When roads are covered in snow, slush and ice it is imperative that you slow down.”