One dead in two-vehicle crash north of Prince George
One man is dead following a two-vehicle crash north of Prince George Saturday.
Att approximately 4:26 a.m., the police received a call of a two-vehicle collision on Highway #97, approximately one kilometre north of the Salmon Valley bridge, about 35 kilometres north of Prince George.
Police and Emergency Services attended the scene and determined there were two vehicles involved; one occupant in each vehicle. The male driver of, a northbound GMC Sierra pickup truck, was a paramedic on his way to work in a northern community. The male driver of the southbound vehicle, a older model Chrysler, is a British Columbia resident. The police investigation is currently centered around the southbound Chrysler. Indications are that the Chrysler was southbound and was driving erratically. It clipped the northbound pickup truck and lost control. The Chrysler then flipped and tumbled off the highway. The single occupant and driver was ejected from the vehicle and landed on the paved shoulder of the highway. He was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash. Investigators are in the process of locating and notifying the next of kin.
The driver of the GMC Sierra was uninjured in the crash. He was transported to the University Hospital of Northern BC for examination and is expected to be released.
The Prince George Regional Provincial Traffic Services Unit, along with the Prince George Municipal RCMP Detachment and the BC Coroners Service is investigating this crash to establish the contributing factors. Police are looking at alcohol, failure to use a seatbelt, and speedas contributing factors. It is unknown if weather was a factor in this incident.
Investigators are asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash, or may have seen either of the vehicles prior to the collision, to contact the Prince George Regional Provincial Traffic Services Unit at Tel# (250) 649-4004.