On December 28th at around 07:52 AM Elk Valley RCMP and East Kootenay Traffic Services, along with BC Ambulance, Hosmer Fire Department and Fernie Fire Department were called to a serious motor vehicle collision on Hwy 3 north of Hosmer, BC.
A Subaru Impreza was travelling east bound on Hwy 3 at 85 km/h, crossed the centre line and collided head on with a west bound Dodge Grand Caravan also travelling at 85 km/h. The driver of the Grand Caravan suffered a broken leg, and was transported to Fernie Hospital for treatment. The passenger in the Subaru Impreza was also transported to Fernie hospital with a broken leg and fractured pelvis. The driver of the Subaru Impreza suffered extensive injuries and died shortly after the collision at Fernie Hospital. The driver has been identified as a 47 year old male from Slocan Park, BC (name withheld).
A contributing factor in this collision was the use of insufficient winter tires on the Subaru Impreza (two of the four were summer tires), This portion of the highway was icy with active snow falling at the time of the collision, as well as limited visibility from blowing snow. The improper use of proper winter tires on this vehicle were a definite contributing factor in this fatality. Police are also not able to rule out possible recent drug use at this point with respect to the deceased driver.
M+S tires with 3.5 mm tread is the minimum requirement for winter driving in B.C. it is highly recommended that you use mountain snowflake tires and carry chains while driving high mountain passes or anywhere that severe winter conditions are likely to occur. The fine for using a tire not properly rated for winter driving is $109 per wheel.
The investigation is still on going and no other details can be released at this time. RCMP East Kootenay Traffic Services has taken over the investigation and are seeking any potential witnesses to this collision.
Any witnesses with any information with respect to this collision are asked to contact RCMP East Kootenay Traffic Services at (250) 420-4244.
– From the East Kootenay Traffic Service