Emergency crews attend the scene of a mini-van crash Saturday morning on Highway 20

Emergency crews attend the scene of a mini-van crash Saturday morning on Highway 20

One dead following accident west of Williams Lake

One person is dead and another is facing life threatening injuries following a Highway 20 accident Saturday.

One woman is dead and another person is in hospital with life threatening injuries following a single-vehicle accident 18 kilometres west of Williams Lake Saturday on Highway 20, says the RCMP.

The RCMP says eight people were travelling in a burgundy Pointiac minivan on Highway 20 near the Sheep Creek Bridge at 9:45 a.m. when it went off the road and rolled end over end into a ditch.

“Roads were believed to be bare and dry, visibility 100 per cent at the time of the crash,” said Cpl. Dan Moskaluk, senior media relations officer with the BC RCMP in a news release.

“All others were transported by B.C. Ambulance Service [air and ground]. One other passenger is believed to have serious life threatening injuries at this time.”

The RCMP says the driver of the vehicle is suspected and is being investigated, accordingly, as being under the influence of alcohol. The driver’s injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

B.C. Air Ambulance Services was dispatched to respond and assist with the transport of injured passengers.

Highway 20 is reopened to single lane traffic currently (4 p.m. Saturday) and the North District Traffic Services and collision reconstructionalist are currently on scene.

“Preliminary findings indicated a possibility of alcohol being a contributing factor,” Moskaluk says.

For updates, as they become available, check www.wltribune.com.

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