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Woman, two children suffer possible carbon monoxide poisoning in crash

Last Updated Dec 28, 2018 at 9:51 am PDT


Woman, two children suffer possible carbon monoxide poisoning in Abbotsford crash

Cause under investigation after suspected carbon monoxide poisoning following single car crash

ABBOTSFORD (NEWS 1130) – There are more questions than answers following a bizarre crash on Wednesday night in the Fraser Valley.

Police responded to a crash at 8:23 p.m. around Clayburn Road and Seldon Roads and when officers arrived they found a woman in her mid 20s and two children unresponsive. It’s believed they were suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning.

“The three have been transported to the hospital for medical treatment and the Abbotsford Police continue to investigate the cause of this collision,” explains Sergeant Judy Bird.

Carbon monoxide poisonings linked to a car crash are rare but one driving instructor is warning people to check their mufflers.

Ron Buddecke says the cause of this crash could be a number of things but most often it’s due to an exhaust issue. He adds it’s also possible for leaks to occur in older cars.

“It could have some holes in the muffler and that causes potential leaks and normally your car is louder when this happens so a lot of people know that it’s there.”

Carbon monoxide is odourless, tasteless and nearly undetectable but symptoms include dizziness, nausea, weakness and confusion. “If anything is wrong with your muffler, please get them fixed. It could be a life saving situation,” adds Buddecke.

Earlier this year, five young people died in Alberta in less than a month and their deaths were linked to all linked carbon monoxide poisoning in cars which prompted some experts to warn people not too idle for too long and to ensure their vehicle was properly maintained.

Anyone who saw the single-car crash or has more information about this case is asked to call the APD at 604.859.5225 or text the force at 222973 (abbypd).