A motorcycle crash at the intersection of Hwy 3B and Marcolin Dr. sent two riders to hospital. Geoff Fontes photo.

A motorcycle crash at the intersection of Hwy 3B and Marcolin Dr. sent two riders to hospital. Geoff Fontes photo.

Update: Motorcycle crash sends two to hospital

A pair of motorcycles collided at the intersection of Hwy 3B and Marcolin Drive on Monday

Two motorcycles collided at the intersection of Hwy 3B and Marcolin Drive on Monday, resulting in serious injuries.

At around 11:30 a.m., Trail RCMP along with West Kootenay Traffic Services, and Station 374 of the Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue (KBRFR) responded to the accident.

According to KBRFR Captain Greg Ferraby, five emergency responders arrived on the accident scene where two riders lay seriously injured near their motorcycles at the intersection in front of Walmart.

Investigators have completed a preliminary investigation and found that a westbound motorcycle driven by an 81 year old female from Ross Spur turned left in front of an oncoming motorcycle driven by a 68 year old male from Fruitvale who could not avoid the collision. Alcohol and speed do not appear to be contributing factors.

Both riders received life threatening injuries. Emergency crews were able to transport them to the Trail Hospital where they were evacuated by air to Kelowna General Hospital. Both remain ins serious condition.

The road was detoured and reduced to two lanes following the incident.

Last Tuesday there was another motor-vehicle-incident involving a motorcycle and car at the intersection of Hwy 3B and the Subway at Waneta Mall.

“We have seen a number of motorcycle collisions over the past few weeks,” said Sgt. Chad Badry with West Kootenay Traffic. “We are well in to motorcycle season now and I cannot emphasize how important it is for both motorcyclists and other road users to be alert and cautious when driving. Lives depend on this.”

The RCMP is aware of a number of vehicles at the intersection at the time. Anyone that may have witnessed the collision or may have dash camera footage is asked to call West Kootenay Traffic Services at 250-354-5180.