Submitted by Sgt. Darren Kakuno
Detachment Commander
Columbia Valley RCMP

This past week, Jan. 31 through Feb. 6 the Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 39 calls for service. The following is a summary of some of the files our officers responded to.

• On Monday, Jan. 31 at about 12 p.m., emergency crews responded to a two vehicle collision at the intersection of Highway 93/95 and Black Forest Trail near Invermere. Witnesses reported the driver of a southbound Acura SUV had run a red light and collided with a transit bus. The transit bus was not carrying any passengers at the time. Neither driver was seriously injured, however, a traffic light was knocked off the light post from the force of the Acura striking the post. The driver was issued a violation ticket for failing to obey a traffic control device.

• On Friday, Feb. 4 at about 6 a.m., police responded to a report of a single vehicle collision on Highway 93 in Kootenay National Park. The driver of a Ford F150 lost control of his truck and drove into a snow bank. The truck was towed from the scene and the uninjured driver was offered a ride into town.

• On Friday, Feb. 4, at about 12:30 p.m. the driver of a Ford F150 collided with two parked cars and a lamp post in a parking lot on Black Forest Trail near Invermere. Neither of the parked cars were occupied and the driver of the F150 was uninjured. The collision occurred when the F150 inadvertently accelerated into the parked cars.

• On Monday, Feb. 7 at about 12:30 a.m., the Invermere Fire Department and Columbia Valley RCMP responded to a report of a car fire at Kinsmen Beach in Invermere. Emergency crews arrived to find the front end of a Dodge Neon engulfed in flames. The driver explained she was trying to start the car when smoke started billowing from under the hood. The cause of the fire was believed to be a mechanical issue. No injuries were reported.