Media briefs January 3 to January 12 2020
2020-01-14 15:34 PST
Hazardous situation at Highway 99 and Village Gate Blvd.
On January 4, 2020 at approximately 8:00 PM, Whistler RCMP responded to a hazardous occurrence at Highway 99 and Village Gate Boulevard in Whistler, British Columbia. Whistler RCMP arrived to find a full sized engine block laying on the roadway behind a GMC 2500 pickup truck. The driver of the vehicle, a 19 year old male from Ontario, advised that he was transporting his old Cadillac engine block in the back of the pickup truck and it fell off while turning a corner. Whistler RCMP contacted a local tow company to remove the engine block from the road and the driver was issued with a violation ticket for operating a vehicle with an insecure cargo load. RCMP want to remind the public that transporting cargo on a public roadway requires you comply with all Motor Vehicle Act and Motor Vehicle Regulations. Drivers of vehicles can be held responsible should damage or injury result due to something not being properly secured.
Tire check results in arrest
On January 8, 2020 at approximately 2:20 AM Pemberton RCMP conducted a traffic stop on Highway 99 at Vine Road to ensure a vehicle was equipped with adequate winter tires. During that stop Pemberton RCMP learned that the license plates being used had been reported as stolen out of Alberta, B.C. and the driver was subsequently arrested. As the investigation continued it was learned that the driver, a 25 year old male from Whitehorse, was a prohibited driver Canada-wide and had 34 outstanding warrants from Alberta and the Yukon. The male was transported back to the Whistler Detachment and then remanded in the Lower Mainland until Wednesday, January 15, 2020 when he is scheduled to appear in North Vancouver Provincial Court to speak to the warrants and proposed new charges of driving while prohibited to do so Canada Wide.
Two vehicle collision closes highway
On January 10, 2020, at approximately 7:00 PM, Whistler RCMP received multiple calls regarding a head on collision between two vehicles on Highway 99 near Brandywine Falls, Whistler, BC. Whistler RCMP, Whistler Fire Rescue and Emergency Health Services (EHS) attended the scene. Whistler RCMP have learned a blue Toyota Prius was travelling southbound on Highway 99 and failed to negotiate a curve in the road. The vehicle slid into oncoming northbound traffic and collided with red GMC Envoy. Three persons were able to remove themselves from the vehicles with minor injuries. One person however, was required to be extricated from the vehicle by Whistler Fire Rescue and taken to local area hospital with serious injuries. It appears that one of the vehicles was not equipped with winter tires which may have been a contributing factor in this collision along with poor driving conditions as a result of a recent snowfall. The Whistler RCMP continue to investigate this collision and are asking that if you were a witness to the collision and have not yet spoken to the police to please contact the Whistler RCMP at 604 932-3044 or Crimestoppers.
S/Sgt. Paul HayesNorth Zone Commander
Sea to Sky Detachment RCMP Whistler/Pemberton
4315 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC, V0N 1B49
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