RCMP suspect alcohol a factor in crash that injured local
Revelstoke RCMP say alcohol consumption appears to be a factor in a collision that sent one man to hospital on Feb. 1.
The incident happened at the intersection of Highway 1 and Laforme Blvd. at about 5 p.m.
Police say a semi-trailer was heading eastbound on the Trans-Canada when a sedan heading in the opposite direction cut in front of the truck while attempting to turn left onto Laforme Blvd.
Police say the driver of the semi-trailer couldn't stop in time and T-boned the white sedan.
Revelstoke Fire Rescue Services used hydraulic equipment to pry the driver-side door off of the Ford sedan in order to extract the 43-year-old Revelstoke resident.
He was taken to hospital with "undetermined injuries," RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Rod Wiebe told the Times Review in a statement.
"Alcohol consumption on the part of the driver of the Ford appears to be a factor in this collision," said Wiebe. "He was issued an immediate roadside prohibition for refusing to comply with a breath demand."
RCMP say the investigation is continuing and "criminal charges have not been ruled out."
Revelstoke Fire Chief Rob Girard praised the work of the rescue crews. “Firefighters were quick to extricate the occupant of the vehicle," he said, adding collisions involving large trucks and small vehicles can be "troubling" for crews to deal with. He said the crews "did a great job."