RV rolls near Tagish, injuring couple

Two people were taken to hospital with minor injuries after their 35-foot RV rolled on Tagish Road.

Two people were taken to hospital with minor injuries after their 35-foot RV rolled on Tagish Road.

At about noon on August 22, Debi and Phil Neill of Arizona were making their way to Teslin when they hit the soft shoulder on Tagish, said Cpl. Geoffrey Peters of the RCMP.

The vehicle’s right-side wheels dug into the gravel, flipping the motor home onto its side and sending a fridge, table and chairs careening inside the vehicle.

“She just couldn’t get it back under control,” said companion Jim Spires.

The windshield had to be cut out so the two could get out of the vehicle.

Spires and his wife had spent the last 42 days traveling with the Neills. They were part of a 17-motor home caravan making its way across Alaska and the Yukon.

Mrs. Spires said that Debi was in a lot of pain from her shoulder, while Mr. Neills appeared shaken, but physically OK.

The couple looked about 60-70 years old, said Peters. There are no charges pending.

“We see about one or two of these every summer,” he said. “Usually out towards Fraser.”

The caravan had left Skagway earlier in the day. One of the RVs went to the hospital with the Neills, while the rest were soldiering on.

But it puts a damper on the trip, says Mr. Spires.

“They’re nice people.”

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