A single vehicle accident early Sunday morning sent four people to hospital. Castlegar RCMP received the call around 1:45 a.m. The accident took place on Highway 22 near Fairview.
The vehicle and its six passengers went over an embankment, striking several trees and a telephone pole. Two of the occupants were able to get out of the vehicle, but four had to be extricated using the jaws of life and were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The occupants are all from the local area and in their early 20s. Alcohol is believed to be a factor, and there is some indication a passenger may have been bothering the driver as they travelled.
It appears all passengers were not wearing seatbelts as the vehicle was only equipped with five belts. The investigation is ongoing.