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RCMP Uses Sonar to Aid in Investigation of Fatal Chilliwack Car Crash

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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Posted on Apr 17, 2013

A Vancouver car crash lawyer with McComb Witten recently learned of a heartbreaking crash in Chilliwack.

The incident occurred on Sunday, March 10, 2013, just before midnight. Police say that the fatal auto accident near McDonald and Ballam Roads took the life of a 36-year-old woman and a second person in her vehicle.

Authorities say that the woman’s Ford 150 pickup truck likely left the road and hit a concrete barrier before shearing off a power pole and entering the Fraser River.

When Mounties arrived at the scene, they followed the trail of wreckage to the shore, where they presumed a vehicle went into the water. They found the victim floating near the crash. Shortly after discovering the wreck, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) sent its underwater recovery team to use sonar to look for the body of a second presumed victim—a male passenger in the pickup truck.

In a statement to reporters, Chilliwack RCMP Constable Tracy Wolbeck said, "We are doing everything we can right now to look for any other possible victims. These searches can be very difficult emotionally on emergency workers and we are very hopeful that there are no further victims involved."

Local search and rescue teams are also helping in the recovery effort; the crash remains under investigation.

Authorities do not know why the woman’s pickup veered off the road and through the barrier.

The Vancouver car wreck attorneys at McComb Witten send sincere condolences to the families and friends affected by this tragic accident.

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