UPDATE: BC Coroners Service releases name of driver in fatal crash

A crash Friday evening in Williams Lake has claimed the life of a man in his mid-50s, said RCMP Insp. Milo MacDonald.

  • Nov. 2, 2015 11:00 a.m.

A crash Friday evening in Williams Lake has claimed the life of a man, said RCMP Insp. Milo MacDonald of the Williams Lake Detachment.

The BC Coroners Service confirmed Tuesday Allan Mark Shewchuk of Williams Lake, 52, succumbed to his injuries after being transported to hospital following the incident.

Police said they were advised of a serious collision at 7:21 p.m. between two vehicles on Mackenzie Avenue North near 168 Mile Road.

Officers arrived on scene to learn a commercial vehicle was travelling south followed by a Ford Explorer.

According to police, at some point the Explorer pulled out to pass the tractor trailer unit but, while doing so, the driver clipped the front of the tractor unit and lost control of the vehicle causing it to roll several times.

The driver of the Ford Explorer was the lone occupant in the vehicle.

The cause of the collision is under investigation but alcohol is suspected to be a contributing factor.

Emergency services including the RCMP, Central Cariboo Search and Rescue, BC Ambulance and the Williams Lake Fire Department attended the scene while the road was closed for several hours.

Fire chief Des Webster said the fire department responded to the emergency to clean up a fuel spill caused when the Explorer struck the fuel tank on the tractor trailer.

The BC Coroners Service and RCMP Traffic Services are continuing to investigate.