RCMP: Charges pending after unsafe pass leads to collision on Highway 23 South

Three taken to hospital, two others with injuries in MVI 35 kilometres south of Revelstoke oh Highway 23. Police note unsafe passing in statement, say charges are pending against the driver who was passing.

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Update, Saturday, Aug. 26, 1:30 a.m.

The Revelstoke RCMP have provided the following statement on the MVI, saying charges are pending against a driver of a vehicle who they say was passing unsafely on Highway 23 South when it collided into an oncoming pickup towing a tent trailer:


Original story:

A witness to an MVI on Highway 23 south of Revelstoke on Friday afternoon described a terrible impact at the scene.

The incident happened sometime around 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25 about 16 kilometres south of Revelstoke.

The witness described the accident scene as horrific, saying that the three vehicles involved were devastated and looked like crumpled “tin foil.” The incident involved at least three vehicles: a pickup, a motorhome and another small vehicle. The witness said it appeared that two of the vehicles collided head-on, but said it was hard to tell which direction each vehicle had been traveling at the time of impact.

There were at least two ambulances on the scene.

The incident closed the highway for over an hour. It has since opened to single-lane alternating traffic.

Revelstoke RCMP were not immediately available for comment and crews are still working at the scene as of the time of writing. In a brief email, an RCMP spokesperson said the incident didn’t involve a fatality, and that police would be providing a media release shortly.  The Mountaineer will update this story once official comment from authorities is available.