Body recovered from Morice River

Police believe it to be the missing driver of rollover accident, where the truck flipped into the Morice River June 30.

  • Jul. 15, 2015 7:00 p.m.

A truck flipped into the Morice River last Tuesday

By Flavio Nienow

Search and Rescue found a body in the Morice River July 9, believed to be the 46-year-old man from the accident June 30.

The man was driving a truck which rolled down an embankment into the Morice River 23 kilometre up the Morice River Road on June 30, 2015, close to 3 a.m.

On July 9 at 7:30 p.m., a search and rescue (SAR) team set out on a water-only search downstream from where the vehicle had entered the river. At 9:01 p.m., the Houston RCMP were advised by SAR that they had located a body half a kilometre down the river from where the vehicle entered the water.

Police believe it to be the missing driver of the rollover accident, but are working in partnership with the B.C. Coroner’s Service to make a positive identification.

A female was also inside the truck that entered the Morice River. She was found sitting in the window of the floating truck by a passerby a couple of hours after the accident. After calling 911, locals threw a rope to the stranded female and pulled her to shore. The woman was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Police have not released any names at this time. Corporal Dave Tyreman, Spokesperson for the RCMP, said alcohol is considered to be factor.

Search was conducted for the missing driver by both the Houston and the Smithers SAR teams. Bulkley Valley Search and Rescue from Smithers brought in two jet boats and two inflatable kayaks for the search. Search manager Whitney Numan said 14 to 17 SAR volunteers were assisting with the search, including water technicians, boat drivers and ground searchers.

Houston police and a Prince George traffic analyst are still investigating the cause of the accident.

 

Just Posted

Smithers woman killed in Oct. 16 car crash

A memorial will be held for Rain Reeves on Oct. 29 at Smithers Golf and Country Club

Fire on Main Street guts an apartment

Blaze leaves five homeless but no one was seriously injured

Smithers golfer competes in university golf nationals

Mitchell Turko shot a final round 73 to finish tied for 24th

Climate, reconciliation and industry top all candidates agenda in Terrace

Debate was the candidate’s last opportunity to address voters in a public forum

Smithers fighter wins bronze at karate worlds

Lando Ball narrowly missed a chance to fight in the gold medal match in Austria

Second young woman dies after rollover crash near Williams Lake

‘Someone’s going to get her heart, which is awesome, because she has the best heart in the world’

Google searches for ‘how to vote’ surge on Election Day

Interest spikes despite social media campaign by Elections Canada

Alberta man pleads guilty, fined for hunting without a licence in North Island

It’s the responsibility of each hunter or angler to know whether they are considered a B.C. Resident.

B.C. mayor apologizes for removal of Queen’s portrait from council chambers

‘I prefer to be inclusive of the many aspects of our history’

Alcohol a possible factor in crash that killed 17-year-old girl near Williams Lake

A pickup truck left the road and rolled over on Highway 20 on the weekend

Rare bird spotted in Victoria draws enthusiasts from across the continent

It’s the first time a yellow-browed warbler has been reported on the mainland of North America

B.C. woman must pay $1,000 after unleashed dog bites another

Owner should never have left Bibi unattended, tribunal member wrote

Climate activist Greta Thunberg’s mural defaced in Edmonton

The eyes on the portrait were blacked out

Most Read