First responders at a crash scene near Rossland on Thursday, Oct. 22. Photo: Trail RCMP

First responders at a crash scene near Rossland on Thursday, Oct. 22. Photo: Trail RCMP

First snow in Kootenays causes multiple crashes; one suspected of involving alcohol

The Trail and Greater District RCMP’s weekly brief contains details on collisions

Trail police are cautioning drivers to #shiftintowinter after the first snowfall caused a number of collisions last week.

The first incident Sgt. Mike Wicentowich outlined to illustrate his case about slowing for conditions happened just outside of Rossland on Thursday (Oct. 22) morning.

Shortly after 11 a.m. first responders were called to scene of a single vehicle rollover on Highway 3B near the Alpine city.

According to witnesses the driver, a 29-year-old Warfield man, was northbound in a newer model Toyota Tacoma when he allegedly failed to negotiate a corner on the highway and struck a cement barricade.

The man and his truck launched into the air and landed a distance away from the impact point before rolling over onto its side.

Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue with assistance from BC Emergency Health Services extracted the man from his truck. He was then immediately taken to hospital for treatment.

“Trail RCMP believed that impairment by alcohol may be a factor in this incident,” Sgt. Wicentowich reported. “The police investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash is ongoing.”

He asks witnesses who have not yet spoken to police to contact the Trail RCMP non-emergency line.

Read more: Two arrested near Creston

Read more: Trail RCMP report Friday night mischief and more

Another crash Wicentowich reported on occurred Friday (Oct. 23) morning in the 400-block of Perdue Street in West Trail.

In that case, a 43-year-old Trail man crashed his 2007 Chevrolet Malibu into a fence in the front yard of a residence.

Although it was believed that the driver had not sustained any injuries in the crash, the man was taken to hospital as a precaution.

Investigators determined that a concrete barricade in front of the residence had absorbed most of the impact in this crash and that snow and slippery road conditions may have been a factor in the crash.

A third incident Wicentowich is reporting on happened Friday night just after 5 p.m. in downtown Trail.

Officers responded to a report of a driver colliding with a parking metre.

“Police have learned that the operator of a black 2000 Chevrolet pickup truck, a 31-year-old Trail woman, had allegedly proceeded through a red light at the intersection of Bay Avenue and Spokane Street before colliding with the metre, which was dislodged from the ground as a result,” he said.

“The truck was inoperable after the incident and had to be towed away from the scene.”

The woman was uninjured in the crash.

Trail RCMP suspect that a combination of poor weather and road conditions, driver error and a lack of winter-rated tires may have contributed to this motor vehicle incident.

The woman was fined $360 for allegedly driving without due care.

Trail RCMP remind everyone to be prepared for winter driving by:

• slowing down;

• driving defensively;

• driving according to weather and roadway conditions;

• having an emergency survival kit in their vehicle in case of an incident;

• having good winter-rated full set of tires on their vehicle;

• checking the weather and for travel warnings before leaving home.



newsroom@trailtimes.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

RCMP Briefs

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

First responders at a crash scene near Rossland on Thursday, Oct. 22. Photo: Trail RCMP

First responders at a crash scene near Rossland on Thursday, Oct. 22. Photo: Trail RCMP

Just Posted

Sgt. Darryl Peppler said Mounties are continuing their investigation after Tuesday’s raid. File photo
Grand Forks RCMP arrest suspected drug traffickers at city motel

Police say they netted “a sizable amount” of money and suspected drugs following Tuesday’s arrests.

Midway RCMP’s Cpl. Phil Peters spoke at Greenwood’s city council meeting Monday, Nov. 23. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Police investigating burglary ‘ring’ with ties to Greenwood and Okanagan

Midway RCMP are looking at “persons of interest” in two Greenwood heists

The 29-year-old man pleaded guilty to one count of dangerous driving at Grand Forks Provincial Court Tuesday, Nov. 17. File photo
Grand Forks man gets 3-months curfew for role in Highway 3 chase

Guilty man thanked Judge Robert Brown, said he is committed to recovering from addiction

Two men got into a fight over a Grand Forks’ flower display last summer. One of the men resolved an assault charge by entering into a peace bond at Provincial Court Tuesday, Nov. 17. File photo
Grand Forks man takes peace bond after flower fisticuffs

Harsh words over a downtown flower display led to violent confrontation, said Crown attorney

A man wears a mask while walking down Canyon Street in Creston on Nov. 13. Photo: Aaron Hemens
Creston resident living with COVID-19 reflects on experience

Contracting and living with the virus, she said, has led to a “major reset” in her life

A man wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of COVID-19 walks in downtown Vancouver, B.C., Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. The use of masks is mandatory in indoor public and retail spaces in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. records deadliest day of pandemic with 13 deaths, 738 new COVID-19 cases

Number of people in hospital is nearing 300, while total cases near 30,000

FILE - This May 4, 2020, file photo provided by the University of Maryland School of Medicine, shows the first patient enrolled in Pfizer's COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine clinical trial at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore.  Pfizer announced Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, more results in its ongoing coronavirus vaccine study that suggest the shots are 95% effective a month after the first dose. (Courtesy of University of Maryland School of Medicine via AP, File)
VIDEO: B.C. planning for the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in the first weeks of 2021

The question of who will get the vaccine first relies on Canada’s ethical framework

This undated photo issued by the University of Oxford shows of vial of coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University, in Oxford, England. (University of Oxford/John Cairns via AP)
Canada can make vaccines, just not the ones leading the COVID-19 race

Canada has spent more than $1 billion to pre-order seven different developing COVID-19 vaccines

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

British Columbia Premier John Horgan speaks during an announcement about a new regional cancer centre in Surrey, B.C., on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Horgan is set to introduce his NDP government’s new cabinet Thursday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Horgan’s NDP cabinet built to tackle pandemic, economic recovery, says former premier

Seven former NDP cabinet ministers didn’t seek re-election, creating vacancies in several high-profile portfolios

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

The COVID-19 test centre at Peace Arch Hospital is located on the building’s south side. (Tracy Holmes photo)
B.C. woman calls for consistency in COVID-19 post-test messaging

‘Could we just get one thing straight?’ asks Surrey’s Deb Antifaev

(File photo)
Alberta woman charged after allegedly hitting boy with watermelon at Okanagan campsite

Police say a disagreement among friends at an Adams Lake campsite turned ugly

Court of Appeal for British Columbia in Vancouver. (File photo: Tom Zytaruk)
B.C. woman loses appeal to have second child by using late husband’s sperm

Assisted Human Reproduction Act prohibits the removal of human reproductive material from a donor without consent

Most Read