NEWS RELEASE · 3rd September 2010
Police Services in the Northwest received report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 16 just west of Gitsequkla on 2nd September, 2010 at approximately 1:20 am. This collision occurred east of Kitwanga, in the New Hazelton RCMP Detachment area.
The collision involved a brown 2007 Ford, travelling eastbound on Highway #16. The car lost control, travelling off road right. After spinning and rolling, with multiple impacts, it then crossed the highway and came to rest on the shoulder of the westbound lane. It then ignited into flames and was destroyed by the fire.
Two occupants, one female and one male, both residing in South Hazelton, were out of the vehicle when emergency personnel arrived at the scene. Emergency Services (police, fire, ambulance) attended to find the vehicle on fire.
A 42 year old female occupant of the vehicle was pronounced deceased at the scene and the 44 year old male occupant is credited with pulling her from the vehicle. The male was transported to the Wrinch Memorial Hospital in South Hazelton and was treated for non-life threatening injuries. He has since been released on his own accord.
The notification of next-of-kin has been completed. The deceased female has been identified as Rubyann Marie CAMPBELL of South Hazelton.
A mechanical inspection will be conducted to ensure there was no mechanical defect or possible malfunction, which may have contributed to the crash.
A Collision Reconstructionist attended the scene, to examine any forensic evidence available for interpretation, establish collision dynamics and determine the causal factors.
The Terrace Regional Provincial Traffic Services Unit, the New Hazelton RCMP Detachment and the B.C. Coroners Service are investigating this incident. Alcohol is believed to have been a factor in this crash. Medical examinations on the deceased, mechanical inspections of the vehicles and other technical examinations will be conducted to establish the collision dynamics and the cause.
Anyone who may have witnessed this collision or with any information that may assist the police in establishing what happened prior to the collision, are asked to contact the New Hazelton Detachment at Tel# (250) 842-5244.