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5 people sent to hospital after collision on Hwy 1 this afternoon

The Salmon Arm RCMP attended to two highway collisions today, one of which had multiple people taken away in ambulances.

Shortly after 2:30 p.m., emergency crews attended to a head on collision in Salmon Arm on the Trans Canada Highway that sent five people to hospital.

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Witnesses reported that a west bound silver SUV crossed the painted centre median into the eastbound lanes which caused a head on collision with an eastbound van.

There was one occupant in the westbound vehicle and two adults and two children in the west bound van. All were transported to hospital for treatment. Police said that alcohol is suspected to be a contributing factor in the collision on the part of the westbound SUV driver.

The Trans Canada East Traffic Services Section will be conducting the follow up investigation. All parties in the collision were treat ed in hospital and sustained non-life threatening injuries.

The two children in the van were treated and only sustained minor injuries.

At 6 p.m. this evening, a collision on the Trans Canada Highway at the Balmoral Road intersection was also reported.

A driver who was traveling south on Balmoral misjudged Trans Canada Highway traffic after stopping on Balmoral. As the vehicle turned left from Balmoral Road to go east on the Trans Canada a west bound vehicle collided with it while in the curb lane.

One person was transported by air ambulance to receive treatment and another occupant who was trapped in a vehicle had to be extricated by the Shuswap Highway Rescue Team.

The driver that failed to yield after a stop on Balmoral was served a violation ticket under the motor vehicle act for failing to yield after a stop. All persons in the collision are expected to recover.

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