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Passenger survives jump from vehicle after driver loses control

A patient is transferred to a helicopter to be transported to hospital Wednesday following a motor-vehicle rollover east of Salmon Arm on Highway 1.  - RCMP photo
A patient is transferred to a helicopter to be transported to hospital Wednesday following a motor-vehicle rollover east of Salmon Arm on Highway 1.
— image credit: RCMP photo

At approximately 12:05 p.m. on Wednesday  March 5, RCMP from Sicamous, Salmon Arm, and Trans Canada East Traffic Services responded to a single vehicle collision on the Trans-Canada Highway near Bernie Road, east of Canoe.

A Jeep Cherokee had been traveling eastbound, when the driver lost control going through the "S" curves.  As the vehicle was spinning, the passenger attempted to jump from the vehicle.

The vehicle spun off road left, and stayed upright.  The driver was not injured.

The passenger was found lying on the roadway and appeared to have serious injuries. An air ambulance was called in to  transport the person to Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops. The passenger's injuries were serious, but are not believed to be life threatening. RCMP report the woman was lucky to have survived.

At the time of the collision, it was snowing heavily, and the roads were slushy and icy.

The RCMP urge people to adjust their speed to the road conditions, and to wear their seatbelts.

"The safest place to be during a collision is inside the vehicle, and the decision to jump could very easily have been fatal," says Const. Jason Thompson, a collision analyst with Trans Canada East Traffic Services.

The Salmon Arm RCMP responded to four collisions on the Trans-Canada Highway Wednesday where drivers lost control on the slippery roads, and ended up in the ditch.  In each of these incidents, the occupants were lucky to escape with minor injuries.

Road conditions can change quickly, people need to drive defensively and adjust their speed accordingly.

 

**This story has been revised to reflect the following change:

In the initial RCMP press release about the incident, it stated the passenger was released from hospital, with relatively minor injuries. Police have now updated the information to say that her injuries were serious, but not life threatening.

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