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Crash survivors back at home

Kent Driscoll
Northern News Services

Cambridge Bay (July 11/05) - The survivors of a fatal Canada Day car accident in Cambridge Bay are back home.

A single vehicle accident claimed the life of the driver and left two passengers injured.

A memorial service was held for the 24-year-old on July 7.

RCMP are not releasing the name of the driver, at the request of his family.

One of the passengers was treated in the community and released the next day.

The second was medevaced to Yellowknife and returned to Cambridge Bay on July 6.

The extent of the two survivors' injuries were not released.

"We learned through the course of our investigation that they had been spotted drinking before the accident. That led us to believe that alcohol played some role," said Sgt. Bill Mooney of the Cambridge Bay RCMP.

Blood samples have been sent for analysis, but since the driver died in the crash, they are not considered high priority.

RCMP received a phone call about the accident at 12:10 a.m. the morning of July 2. They believe the crash happened 20 to 30 minutes prior.

The accident happened on Airport Road.

The truck was found on its side, 20 to 30 feet off the road.

The RCMP say that there was no evidence the people in the vehicle were wearing seatbelts.