A semi-trailer burst into flames after colliding with a Honda and rolling into a ditch on the Trans-Canada Highway four kilometres west of Chase. Image credit: Chase RCMP Detachment

UPDATE: Highway 1 remains open to single-lane, alternating traffic

Honda and semi-trailer collide, truck catches fire

UPDATE: 9:45 a.m.

Chase RCMP report that at 5:45 this morning a westbound Honda Civic and an eastbound logging truck struck sides.

As a result, the driver of the Civic lost control of his vehicle and it rolled into a field on the south side of the highway.

The logging truck entered the ditch on the south side of the highway, rolled onto its side, struck a hydro pole and broke the power lines before catching on fire.

The drivers of both vehicles walked away from the collision and were transported to Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops by ambulance as a precaution.

Kamloops and Chase Fire Departments attended the scene to extinguish the fire. The highway was closed to traffic to allow fire and ambulance crews to respond to the collision and fire.

At 8:10 a.m. one lane of the highway was opened to traffic in alternating directions. Traffic will be restricted to one lane as fire crews monitor the smouldering debris and BC Hydro repairs the damaged power lines.

Speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors in the collision, however the cause remains under investigation, says Cpl. Scott Linklater of the Chase detachment.

UPDATE: 8:30 a.m.

Chase Fire and Rescue remain on scene of a semi-trailer fire three kilometres west of Chase and report the Trans-Canada Highway is now open to single-lane, alternating traffic.

Drive BC reports Highway 1 is closed in both directions three kilometres west of Chase because of aCollision.

There is no estimated time of opening at this time, assessment is in progress.

Updates will be provided here as they become available.

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