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Eight people hurt in SUV crash at Chase

Eight people were hurt in a Sunday afternoon collision on the Trans-Canada Highway at Shuswap Ave. in Chase. - Rick Koch photo
Eight people were hurt in a Sunday afternoon collision on the Trans-Canada Highway at Shuswap Ave. in Chase.
— image credit: Rick Koch photo

Eight people were injured Sunday afternoon after two SUVs collided on the Trans-Canada Highway at Chase.

At 3:16 p.m. onĀ  Aug. 17, Chase RCMP received a report the collision at the intersection of Shuswap Avenue and the Trans-Canada Highway.

The Chase RCMP and BC Ambulance Service attended the scene where eight people were found to have varying degrees of injury.

Members of the Chase Fire Rescue and JPW Highways Maintenance assisted at the scene with the extrication of passengers.

BC Air Ambulance attended the scene and transported some of the injured persons to Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops.

Both vehicles sustained significant damage and the highway was closed to moving traffic for three hours. Highway traffic was re-routed through the Village of Chase.

Const. Jonathan Spooner of the Chase RCMP says it is suspected that a grey Toyota SUV failed to yield to on-coming traffic and collided with a westbound SUV.

Alcohol and speed are not suspected, however heavy vehicle traffic at the location may have been a contributing factor.

The Chase RCMP continues to investigate.

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