The BC RCMP have just released the following details concerning the crash:
"The investigation now reveals that a 42-year-old Kamloops man, was operating a 2007 Toyota minivan eastbound on Highway 1 when he lost control of the vehicle in the slush on the roadway when attempting to pass another vehicle. The vehicle left the roadway and entered the ditch coming to a final rest on it's side partially submerged in a slough.
The driver and his two boys, aged 11 and 8, were able to escape from the vehicle. However, his 43-year-old wife was submerged and lost consciousness. She had to be cut out of her seatbelt and removed from the vehicle. Emergency personnel and passing motorists preformed life saving procedures and restored a pulse to the passenger.
She was transported to Chilliwack Hospital and then transferred to Royal Columbian Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.
The primary investigation reveals weather and road conditions were contributing factors however speed, vehicle mechanics and driver error have not been ruled out thus far. Visibility was considered poor when passing other vehicles due to vehicle spray."