WATCH: A Campbell River RCMP dashcam captured a collision between a Toyota Rav4 SUV, a Toyota 4Runner SUV and a Ford cube van on June 18. Video from Campbell River Crime Stoppers.
A dashboard camera belonging to police captured some dramatic footage of a three-vehicle collision that led to a diesel spill on Campbell River Road.
At 1:30 p.m. on June 18, two Campbell River RCMP officers were following up on an investigation at a residence on Campbell River Road when they heard a crash. The officers then called for assistance from BC Ambulance and fire crews.
Three vehicles were heavily damaged in the crash: a Toyota Rav4 SUV, a Toyota 4Runner SUV and a cube van. The cube van’s fuel tanks were ruptured during the collision and nearly 200 litres of diesel was spilled on the road. The City of Campbell River, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and Emcon assisted in cleaning up the spill.
The City of Campbell River, Department of Highways and Emcon also assisted in dealing with the spill. No one was seriously injured in the crash, police said.
The two officers had parked their vehicles on the north side of the road and were able to review dashcam footage of the collision.
Police said that the driver in the ToyotaRav4 was going west and had stopped to make a left-hand turn with his indicator on when a driver in the Toyota 4Runner, who was also going west, failed to slow down and collided with the Rav4.
That impact caused the Rav4 to cross the centre line of the road. A northbound Ford cube van was then hit. The cube van narrowly missed parked police vehicles.
Police said it appears the driver of the 4Runner was momentarily distracted by looking at the parked police vehicles and failed to realize the person in front had slowed to turn. According to police, the driver will be facing charges under the Motor Vehicle Act.
“This momentary lapse of attention nearly had dire consequences for all involved. Please stay alert at all times when behind the wheel,” Cpl. Ron Vlooswyk with Campbell River RCMP said.
Here's a good video which is local to Campbell River & shows what a split second of inattention can cause…http://campbellriver.bc.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/ViewPage.action…
Posted by Campbell River Crime Stoppers on Thursday, June 28, 2018