Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Fatal Nanaimo Car Crash

Two Children Die in Tragic Accident

Road Conditions, Speed and Alcohol Suspected

On 2008-12-22 at approx. 4:20 pm, RCMP members from Nanaimo detachment, South Island Traffic Services, and Central Island Traffic Services attended a 7 vehicle motor vehicle crash on Highway 1 near Haslam Rd. in Cassidy, British Columbia.

A Ford Escape SUV was traveling northbound on Highway 1. There was a 35 yr old Nanaimo female and 4 children in this vehicle. The Escape lost control on the snow covered and icy roads and swerved into the oncoming southbound traffic. This resulted in a chain reaction type of collision involving a total of 6 other vehicles. A total of 9 persons were injured and taken to local hospitals with non life threatening injuries. One child was airlifted to Vancouver with undisclosed injuries. Sadly, two young children, approx. ages of 2 and 8 , were pronounced dead at the scene from injuries sustained. The two children were passengers in the Ford Escape.

BC Coroners Office, RCMP Collision Analyst , and the RCMP Criminal Crash Investigation Team attended the scene to assist in the investigation. At this time, speed and alcohol are being looked at as possible contributing factors in the crash. The investigation is continuing.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police traffic units are dedicated to the safety of all that use the roadways and urge motorists to use extreme caution in the current winter conditions. Because you have a 4x4, doesn't mean you can't lose control and crash. Slow down and arrive to your destination safely.


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