Fatal collision near Tompkins believed to be alcohol-related
On Oct 29 at 8:10 pm members from the Swift Current Detachment were alerted to a vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed in the wrong direction on Highway 1 near Tomkins. The vehicle was reportedly travelling westbound in the eastbound lanes. While on route another call came in reporting a head-on collision 5 kilometers east of Tompkins involving two vehicles.
When members arrived they found two vehicles had collided and had come to a stop in the driving lanes of the highway. Witnesses were at the scene attempting to assist with the injured. The 66-year-old male driver from Gull Lake, who was the lone occupant of the westbound vehicle travelling in the wrong lane was deceased. The other vehicle was carrying three occupants. A 27-year-old female driver and a 62-yearold female passenger, both from Shaunavan, were pronounced deceased at the scene and a male infant that was in the back seat was removed by witnesses at the scene and transported to hospital in Swift Current by ambulance. His injuries are not believed to be lifethreatening. The three occupants are all from the same family.
The road was closed for several hours with the assistance of Department of Highways while two traffic reconstructionists analysed the scene. The highway was re-opened early this morning.
Alcohol is believed to be a factor at this time pending toxicology results. The investigation remains ongoing with the assistance from the Saskatchewan Coroners Service.