Sgt. Ed deJong

Columbia Valley RCMP

This past week, October 2 to October 9, the Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 87 calls for service. 

In the early morning hours of October 2, members responded to an elk vs car collision along Hwy 93/95 just past the Windermere Loop Road intersection.  The driver was not hurt in the collision and the elk was not located; however, the damage to the small sedan was extensive.

On October 7 police were dispatched to an ATV collision with serious injuries near Canal Flats. Upon arrival, it was determined that two ATVs travelling together had collided and caused life-altering injuries to one male and possible spinal injuries to the other. One male was flown to Foothills Hospital via STARS air ambulance while the other was transported to Cranbrook via ground ambulance. Alcohol is believed to be a factor. 

Traffic complaints continue to make up a large percentage of files with 31 per cent of calls related to traffic and collisions.  

With the cooler weather on its way the winter tire requirements have come into effect at the beginning of this month.  On the designated highways, winter tires are required to travel the road between October 1 and April 30. The tires on your vehicle must display a snowflake symbol or “M+S” on the sidewall if you are travelling on these highways. The designated highways include Hwy 93, Hwy 95 (Hwy 93/95), Hwy 3, and Hwy 1.