Fa­tal col­li­sion near Tomp­kins be­lieved to be al­co­hol-re­lated

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Saskatchewan - CON­TRIB­UTED

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.

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