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Woman survives jump from Jeep

A female passenger is recovering from injuries she incurred when jumping from a vehicle after the driver lost control on a curve between Salmon Arm and Sicamous.

At approximately 12:05 p.m. on Wednesday  March 5, RCMP from Sicamous, Salmon Arm, and Trans Canada East Traffic Services responded to a single vehicle collision on the Trans-Canada Highway near Bernie Road, east of Canoe.

A Jeep Cherokee had been travelling eastbound, when the driver lost control going through the “S” curves. As the vehicle was spinning, the passenger attempted to jump from the vehicle.

The vehicle spun off the road left, and stayed upright. The driver was not injured.

The passenger was found lying on the roadway and appeared to have serious injuries. An air ambulance was called in to  transport the person to Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops. The passenger’s injuries were serious, but are not believed to be life threatening. RCMP report the woman was lucky to have survived.

At the time of the collision, it was snowing heavily, and the roads were slushy and icy.

The RCMP urge people to adjust their speed to the road conditions, and to wear their seat belts.

“The safest place to be during a collision is inside the vehicle, and the decision to jump could very easily have been fatal,” says Const. Jason Thompson, a collision analyst with Trans Canada East Traffic Services.

 

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