Crash claims Falkland man

Falkland man identified in fatal crash near Revelstoke

Steve Babij, of Falkland, has been identified as the victim of a fatal crash near Revelstoke on Monday. -Submitted Photo

A Falkland man has been identified as the victim of a fatal crash near Revelstoke Monday.

Stephen ‘Steve’ Babij, 51, was killed in a crash on the Trans Canada Highway, while driving a semi-trailer. The March 13 fiery crash occurred at 9 a.m. when an oncoming semi lost control crossed the centre line.

Babij’s dog, Zak, was also killed in the crash.

The driver and a passenger in the other semi were seriously injured.

The incident involved four vehicles as a third semi collided with the crash, unable to stop, while an SUV also suffered damage. The drivers of both these vehicles suffered minor injuries.

The fire-filled crash closed Highway 1 for the majority of the day.

Babij, who was born in Vernon, leaves behind his wife and step-daughter.

He was known as the ‘hay guy’, hauling hay and other items throughout Alberta, B.C. and Washington.

“Never on time, but always delivered,” reads his online obituary. “His true passion was farming and he was also an avid snowmobiler. Most snowy Sundays were spent on Hunter’s Range with his close friends.”

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 20 at the Falkland Community Hall.