One fatality in Canal Flats accident

Rock hits windshield of car and kills passenger in bizarre accident.

A Calgary mother of two has died after an accident near Canal Flats on Saturday, October 6, 2012.

The accident occurred at 11:10 a.m. on the Kootenay River Bridge at Canal Flats when a southbound commercial truck with an unloaded low bed trailer passed a northbound Subaru Legacy. The East Kootenay Integrated Road Safety Unit and the Columbia Valley RCMP report that a rock approximately 12 inches by five inches was thrown from the dual wheels of the truck and struck the Subaru.

The rock entered the passenger side through the front windshield striking the 37 year old female in the head. She succumbed to her injuries says Cpl. T. Brannigan from EK IRSU.

The woman was from Calgary and on vacation with her husband and two small children.

Police stopped and seized the commercial vehicle some time later. Investigation shows that the rock appeared to have been lodged between the dual tires of the trailer. The driver of the truck has been released with no charges, though further investigation is pending.

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