Thursday August 21, 2014

Police want blood sample from driver involved in Coq crash

Keith Anderson

Kamloops RCMP Cpl. Jason Reader, a forensic collision reconstructionist, and Staff Sgt. Steve Frayne place cones on the Coquihalla Highway Monday afternoon while taking measurements for their investigation.

Police consider alcohol to be factor in a minivan rollover on the Coquihalla Highway near Inks Lake that resulted in injuries to three men.

The van was demolished Sunday evening as it skidded off the road, hit an embankment and rolled just north of the Inks Lake brake check station at about 8 p.m.

The 24-year-old driver of the 2003 Dodge is from Prince Rupert and a 26-year-old front-seat passenger (the van's owner) is from Courtenay. They both were trapped inside and suffered serious injuries.

Police have not determined the identity of passenger in the back seat, who was ejected from the vehicle. He is in critical condition.

Motorists reported seeing debris scattered over the roadway, including the vehicle's engine.

RCMP are seeking a warrant to take a blood sample from the driver.

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