Fatal collision near Field, BC

Golden-Field, Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service (ICARS), BC Highway Patrol

2022-07-02 21:03 PDT

File # 2022-1598

A 31-year-old Alberta man is deceased, following a 2-vehicle collision on Highway 1 today in Yoho National Park.

On July 2, 2022 at 1:00 p.m., the Golden-Field RCMP and BC Highway Patrol were alerted of a motor vehicle incident between an automobile and a semi truck in Yoho National Park, approximately 17km west of Field, BC.

Unfortunately, the driver and sole occupant of the automobile, a 31-year-old man from Alberta, was pronounced deceased upon arrival of emergency crews. The driver of the semi truck was uninjured in the collision.

An RCMP officer with the Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service (ICARS) of BC attended the scene and conducted an investigation in conjunction with the BC Coroners Service.

Evidence at the scene suggested that the driver of the automobile was heading westbound on Hwy 1 when he drifted into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with the driver of the semi truck, who swerved into the eastbound ditch in an attempt to avoid the collision.

Emergency response crews from the Lake Louise Fire Department, Field BC Ambulance Service, Lake Louise Ambulance Service, BC Parks, and the Golden Fire Department also attended the scene.

First and foremost, we and our partners extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased party, says Cst. Kat Robinson with the Golden-Field RCMP. We would also like to thank the citizens who were first on scene, who helped those involved in the motor vehicle incident, and who stayed to help emergency crews as they arrived – you were vital in today’s incident.

Hundreds of motorists were delayed on this Canada Day long weekend while the collision investigation was being conducted. The highway was re-opened at 6:00 p.m.

"To all those affected by the extended road closure, the Golden-Field RCMP would like to thank you for your patience and understanding" states Cst. Robinson. "While they are a great inconvenience, road closures allow first responders the ability to conduct full, untainted investigations in a safe environment."

Please be mindful that the National Parks are reaching their peak season, allow yourself extra travel time, and drive safely.

 Collision scene on Hwy 1 with semi in eastbound ditch and emergency crews on roadway.

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Cst. Kat Robinson

Media Relations Officer
Golden-Field RCMP
1419 11th Ave N Golden BC V0A 1H0

Email: katherine.robinson@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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