NEWS RELEASE · 13th August 2011
On Friday, August 12, 2011, at approximately 5:00PM, the Houston RCMP and B.C. Ambulance Service responded to a report of a single vehicle rollover on Highway 16, near Barrett Hat Rd., west of Houston, B.C.
The Chevrolet Tracker involved had been traveling west on Highway 16 when it lost control, rolling over and ejecting the male driver. The vehicle landed on top of the male driver who was freed only after witnesses lifted the vehicle off of him.
The driver was transported by ambulance to the Bulkley Valley District Hospital in Smithers, B.C. where he was pronouced dead a short while later.
The cause of the collision is still under investigation.
This is the second fatal collision on the north west corridor of Highway 16 within the last two weeks.
The North District West Traffic Services wants to remind all motorists to drive safe by wearing your seatbelt, don't drive if feeling tired, obey the speed limit, and don't drink and drive.
Hwy 16 drivers
Comment by nervous passenger on 14th August 2011
We travelled this stretch of highway yesterday and were not impressed with the chances other drivers were taking when passing. Oncoming traffic and rock faces on one side and skeena river on the other and people were still taking great risks by pulling out to pass. We were towing a 36ft travel trailer and it made us very nervous as we didnt want to witness yet another crash. Please slow down people, the few minutes you are going to save are not worth killing yourselves or anyone else.