Two rushed to hospital with serious injuries after head-on at Rogers Pass

RCMP say fatigue a factor after driver of Honda Civic veers into oncoming lane and collides head-on with semi-trailer

Update: Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 12:15 p.m.

Revelstoke RCMP spokesperson Staff-Sgt. Kurt Grabinsky said three people have been sent to hospital following a head-on MVI on the morning of Tuesday, Dec. 17.

The incident happened at 7:35 a.m. on the Trans-Canada Highway three kilometres east of the Rogers Pass summit.

Grabinsky said an eastbound white Honda Civic crossed over the centre line and struck a westbound tractor-trailer head-on.

The female driver and male passenger of the Honda both received serious head injuries.

The driver was attended to at the scene then transported by helicopter ambulance to hospital in Kamloops.

Her sole male passenger was also treated at the scene for head injuries and sent to hospital in Revelstoke by land ambulance.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was transported to hospital in Golden as a precaution.

Grabinsky said fatigue is suspected as the cause. He said the driver of the Honda advised first responders she thought she had fallen asleep at the wheel.

Staff-Sgt. Grabinsky said road conditions were not adverse at the time. “Road conditions were reasonable, well ploughed as far as we know,” he said.

Grabinsky didn’t immediately have information on where the occupants of both vehicles reside.

Original story posted Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 8:45 a.m.

The Trans-Canada Highway is closed between Revelstoke and Golden due to a motor vehicle incident.

No further details on the incident are available at this point.

Drive BC reported the closure just before 8:30 a.m. and estimates the highway will re-open at 1 p.m. The provincial highway information system said they will update on the situation at 12 noon.

There had been ongoing avalanche control closures on sections of the highway between Revelstoke and Golden on the morning of Dec. 17.

For updates on the MVI closure, see the Drive BC website.

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