RCMP news release from today:
Police investigate double fatal multiple vehicle crash
July 20, 2007
At 3:30 pm on the 19th July, 1007, on the Trans Canada Highway near Sorrento, B.C. located approximately 20 km’s west of Salmon Arm, British Columbia, a multiple motor vehicle accident occurred which resulted in two fatalities and two injured persons.
The operators of two motorcycles heading east bound on the Trans Canada Highway, who were traveling with a large group of other motorcyclist enthusiasts, attempted to pass a vehicle when they lost control and collided with a utility trailer being towed by a 1977 Dodge motor home that was west bound. The two motorcycles then collided with a 1992 Chevrolet Suburban that was West bound and following the Dodge motor home. The driver of the Suburban received injuries that required her to be transported to the Kamloops Royal Inland Hospital by ambulance. A male passenger in the Suburban received only minor injuries. The operator and passenger of the Dodge motor home were not injured. The two males operating the two motorcycles were pronounced deceased at the scene.
The RCMP traffic analyst from Kelowna is assisting the Salmon Arm RCMP in investigation of the accident. The B.C. Coroners Service will determine if autopsies will be done. Alcohol is not known to be a factor in the accident.
The deceased were identified as:
- Walter SCHELLENBERG, 65 years old, from New Westminster, B.C.
- Terence Christopher CAUNTER, 25 year old from Vancouver, B.C.
The injured Suburban operator was identified as a 47 year old femal from Rosedale, B.C. The operator of the motor home was a 50 year old male from Prince George, B.C.
It is unknown if charges will be laid until the investigation is complete.
The RCMP are reminding all motorists to remain vigilant and patient when traveling the roads during the summer months. The congestion of vehicles, increase of motorcycles on roadways, and possible other distractions all contribute to affecting a driver's judgement and timing.