Dangerous passing, distracted driving leads to crashes west of Revelstoke

Five people received minor injuries in three crashes on Trans-Canada Highway west of Revelstoke over the weekend, RCMP says.

Five people received minor injuries as three separate accidents snarled traffic on the Trans-Canada Highway west of Revelstoke over the weekend, the Revelstoke RCMP reports.

On Saturday, Sept. 29, at around 8:30 a.m. a westbound tractor-trailer lost control and overturned while trying to pass another vehicle just west of Three Valley Gap.

Witnesses told the RCMP that the driver was trying to pass a slow moving vehicle towing a boat when he lost control and turned over, blocking the eastbound lane and westbound passing lane.

The 56-year-old driver of the semi was treated at the scene by paramedics and released. The RCMP continues to investigate the accident and charges are pending.

On Sunday, Sept. 30, two crashes occurred near the Enchanted Forest. The first incident took place at around 3:15 a.m., when a westbound Honda Civic attempted to pass a tractor-trailer over a double-solid line. While passing, the driver clipped the rear tire of an eastbound tractor-trailer, causing the Honda to fly off the road, flip over and land in the adjacent river in about one foot of water.

All three occupants of the Honda were able to get out of the vehicle. They were taken to hospital and treated for injuries. The RCMP continues to investigate the accident. and charges are pending.

Later Sunday, at around 4:30 p.m., the RCMP were called out to another accident near the Enchanted Forest. This time, a westbound driver, who said she was distracted by looking at a large rock on the north side of the road, found herself veering onto the gravel shoulder. She lost control, went off the roadway and flipped into the water.

Several motorists stopped and pulled the unconscious driver out of the water. The 43-year-old-Calgary woman was taken to Queen Victoria Hospital with minor injuries.

The RCMP continues to investigate the accident.