Just after 8:30 a.m., Hope RCMP, BC Highway Patrol in Chilliwack, and medical emergency teams responded to reports of a serious single-vehicle accident involving a large SUV in the lanes on the way. south, just south of the Portia brake check on the Coquihalla road.
“First responders arrived at the scene to find a heavily damaged gray Mazda CX-9 on the side,” said Cpl. BC RCMP spokesperson Jesse O’Donaghey said.
“Two adults and two children sustained injuries to varying degrees, all serious and many considered potentially fatal in nature. While unfortunately a fifth occupant of the vehicle, a woman in her sixties, was declared dead at the scene. “
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Mounties said the two adults in the vehicle were airlifted from the crash site to separate Lower Mainland hospitals in serious condition and underwent emergency surgery.
One of the two children involved in the crash was transported by air ambulance to BC Children’s Hospital in critical condition. The other child was taken to an area hospital with serious injuries, but police believe he is not life threatening.
# BCHwy5 – REPORTS Of vehicle incidents just south of the #PortiaBridge on the #Coquihalla (in the north of #HopeBC). The crews have been notified and are on their way. Evaluation in progress. Watch the traffic control. No detour available for the moment. Expect significant delays.
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The RCMP said they would not release the name of the deceased woman or the names of those injured.
Constables are asking members of the public to provide any information or dash camera footage that might aid the investigation.