Wasa accident sent three to hospital

The injured in Tuesday's crash were from Wasa and Invermere

  • Aug. 15, 2013 11:00 a.m.

Carolyn Grant

Kimberley Daily Bulletin

The accident near Wasa on Tuesday, August 13 sent a total of three people — one from Wasa and two from Invermere — to hospital.

One of those, a woman from Invermere, who was the female passenger in the minivan, was airlifted by STARS air ambulance to Calgary from the scene with serious, but not life-threatening, injuries.

She had been trapped in her vehicle and was extricated by the Kimberley Fire Department road rescue unit.

The other two people involved in the accident were taken to East Kootenay Regional Hospital in Cranbrook by ambulance.

Cpl. Chris Newel of the Kimberley RCMP said the accident occurred just before 10 a.m.

“On scene investigation found a one-ton dump truck pulled onto the highway from the village of Wasa and proceeded north,” Newel said. “A northbound vehicle (minivan) came up on the truck several hundred meters north of the intersection and struck the rear left corner, forcing it into the ditch.”

Newel says East Kootenay Traffic Services is conducting the investigation and a Collision Reconstructionist has done a forensic scene examination.

Highway 93/95 was closed briefly as emergency personnel dealt with the accident.