Three females were sent to hospital after a single vehicle roll over Sunday afternoon on the Alaska Highway involving a 14 year old driver.
At 2:40pm Dawson Creek RCMP received a 911 call of a single vehicle rollover on the Alaska Highway just a few hundred metres North of the Kiskatinaw Bridge. The caller reported that one person had been thrown from the vehicle.
The highway was shut down to single lane traffic until the injured were loaded into 3 ambulances on scene. The injured were taken to the Dawson Creek Hospital and treated. The 41 year old female that was thrown from the vehicle was later airlifted to Edmonton for further medical treatment.
After a thorough investigation it has been determined the rollover was caused by driver error. As it turns out, the 14 year old driver was being given a driving lesson from her mother. "The young female had never driven on the highway before" says Cst. Brad Sabo. "Her inexperience behind the wheel combined with the terrain and speeds she was traveling at are huge factors in this tragic event. It is likely that if all the passengers were wearing seatbelts, only minor injuries would have been sustained".
The 14 year old driver and 9 year old passenger have since been released from the hospital. There mother is currently in Edmonton being treated for injuries to her spine, head and neck.
The Dawson Creek RCMP would like to remind the motoring public to travel at the posted speed limit and to always buckle up as it may not only save your life, but i may also save you from serious injuries.