One dead, another in coma following crash

A fatal crash took place on a winding section of the Trans-Canada Highway east of Revelstoke.

A semi driver died and another is in a coma following a three-vehicle crash on the Trans-Canada Highway east of Revelstoke on Saturday.

Staff-Sgt. Kurt Grabinsky said the crash happened near Albert Canyon when a tractor trailer heading eastbound and “potentially travelling too fast for conditions and the roadway,” crossed the centre line and struck two oncoming vehicles – a pickup truck carrying a family and an empty logging truck – before going off the road.

“The driver of the vehicle that went off the road was located in the cab of vehicle,” said Grabinsky. “The truck was decimated and he succumbed to his injuries.”

The driver of the logging truck is in a coma in Kamloops, he added.

Fortunately, the family in the pickup ended up only a little banged up, but their vehicle and boat were destroyed, said Grabinsky.

The crash happened at around 3 pm., not long after the highway re-opened following a closure for avalanche control in Glacier National Park.

Grabinsky said driver behaviour was always a concern following road closures.

“We observe dangerous behaviour — passing on double solids, trying to make up that time, trying to be ahead of the pack, and that is very concerning for us,” he said. “We are not certain this is what caused this accident at this time, but time wise it was in such close proximity.”

The fatal incident resulted in a 10 hour highway closure while police and the coroner investigated the accident and the scene was cleaned up.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Tech mogul looks to grow Vernon’s presence in Okanagan wine industry

The founder of online dating site Plenty of Fish is developing 900 acres in the city hillsides

North Okanagan ranch needs support to stay afloat

Founded in 1867, a fundraiser has been launched for the Historic O’Keefe Ranch

Bronze for Vernon’s Casey Brown at Psychosis mountain bike race

Brown finished third at the Aug. 5 race in Golden, part of the CLIF Crankworx Summer Series

Pup stolen from Vernon temporary shelter reunited with owner

Nicola Sanders says her son’s puppy was ‘overjoyed’ to see her owner again

GALLERY: Vernon painter captures beauty of Davison Orchards in new series

In a new painting, card series, artist Patricia Lawton was inspired by resident dog, Harlow

53 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths cap off week of high infection rates in B.C.

Roughly 1,500 people are self-isolating because they either have COVID-19 or have been exposed to it

Mitchell’s Musings: Hockey’s comeback begins in earnest in August

Sports is back. Well, at least sports in a bubble is back.… Continue reading

VIDEO: Internet famous Yukon-based bhangra dancer explores Vancouver Island

Gurdeep Pandher spreads joy through dance, forms cross-cultural connections amid pandemic

Fentanyl-laced powder being sold as cocaine in Kamloops

Interior Health has released a warning about very strong fentanyl in Kamloops

Unofficial holidays: the weird and wonderful things people celebrate around the world

On any given day of the year, there are several strange, silly or serious holidays to observe

Video: Enraged man terrifies staff and customers at Shuswap restaurant

Video on Facebook shows the man hurling profanity at workers during the dinner rush on Aug. 7.

Moving on: Tanev scores 11 seconds into OT as Canucks oust Wild

Vancouver beats Minnesota 5-4 to move into first round of NHL playoffs

Number of Kelowna-linked COVID-19 cases grows to 159

Interior Health reported four new cases region-wide on Friday, 18 remain active

Gene editing debate takes root with organic broccoli, new UBC research shows

Broccoli is one of the best-known vegetables with origins in this scientific haze

Most Read