RCMP continue investigation following four-vehicle pileup Monday near Thrums

Kyra Hoggan
By Kyra Hoggan
May 13th, 2014

RCMP are considering charges against the driver of the RAV4 following a four-vehicle accident Monday (May 12) near Tarrys Road on Highway 3A that tied up afternoon rush hour traffic.

Castlegar RCMP said the accident happened at approximately 4:41 p.m. when a vehicle plowed into a stopped Jeep Compass attempting to make a turn off Highway 3A onto Tarrys Road.

The RCMP investigation has revealed that the red Jeep Compass, driven by a Castlegar woman, was stopped on Highway 3A (north bound) with her left signal lights activated in an effort to turn left onto Tarrys Road. 

The vehicle behind slowed down the red Jeep Compass, however, that driver noticed that oncoming vehicle behind was not slowing down. 

That driver quickly turned his truck into the right shoulder to avoid being struck by the fast approaching vehicle (a grey Toyota RAV4). 

The grey Toyota RAV4, driven by a Nelson woman, subsequently rear ended the red Jeep Compass, pushing it into the oncoming south bound traffic. 

The red Jeep Compass was then struck head on by a white van that was travelling south bound.
The 62-year-old Castlegar woman who was driving the red Jeep Compass and the 49-year-old Nelson woman who was driving the Toyota RAV4 were transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Police are continuing to investigate the cause of the collision. 

Charges under the Motor Vehicle Act are being considered against the driver of the RAV4. 

Thrums accident closes highway during rush hour

An accident in Thrums involved three vehicles at the intersection of Tarrys Road and Highway 3A closed the highway for about 20 minutes during rush hour this afternoon.

The highway was still down to single-lane, alternating traffic at 6:05 p.m., but Tarrys Fire Chief Greg Patterson said they’d be opening it up fully within about 10 minutes.

He said the accident involved three people in three different vehicles (one van and two small cars), and that two people were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

He said the call came in at roughly 4:45 p.m.

RCMP are investigating the cause of the crash.

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