ICBC Long Weekend
The long weekend is already off to a deadly start.
One person died in a multi-vehicle crash on the Coquihalla Highway, Thursday afternoon.
Six people were taken to hospital, with two in critical condition. The highway was closed for hours -but it reopened early this morning.
ICBC is reminding drivers to slow down. Spokesperson Alex Lee says in 2017 there were 2,300 crashes and 540 injuries province-wide on the May Long weekend.
Drugs, alcohol or a lack of seatbelt use are being blamed for contributing to many of the traffic deaths in B-C. A report from the Coroners Service says one-third of the deaths were due to alcohol or drugs and another third who died were not wearing a seatbelt or in a car seat.
On average of 326 people die each year in car crashes in BC