British Columbia

Coquihalla crash kills 1 man, RCMP asks drivers to heed conditions

Kamloops RCMP say roads at the time of the accident near the Inks Lake brake check were wet, slushy and hail-covered.

61-year-old Kamloops man declared dead at scene, officers say road was wet, slushy from storm

Police say road conditions north of the Inks Lake brake check near Kamloops on Saturday, May 13, 2017 were wet and slushy when a crash claimed the life of a 61-year-old man. (Google Maps)

A 61-year-old Kamloops man is dead after a car he was in rolled Saturday night outside of Kamloops, say RCMP.

The fatal accident happened north of the Inks Lake brake check.

Officers say the car, which was carrying two other men, was heading north on the highway at the time of the accident. The deceased man was in the front passenger seat.

Sitting in front seat

"The driver and the passenger in the rear seat received non-life threatening injuries and were transported to hospital in Kamloops," police said in a release.

"A 61-year-old male passenger who was sitting in the front seat did not survive the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene."

All three men are from Kamloops.

RCMP say numerous storms passed through the area on Saturday, producing snow, hail and rain.

Pickup lost control

"At the time of this crash, a localized storm system had just passed and the road at this location was wet, slushy and hail covered," the statement said.

Police say prior to the fatal crash, a pickup truck lost control and was located in the center median. The occupant of the truck was not injured.

Investigators have not determined the cause of the crash, but are asking drivers to be careful going through high elevations on B.C. highways like the Coquihalla.