Commercial Truck Crash closes Trans Canada Highway East of Revelstoke

At approximately 4:30 am on Friday December 6th, 2019 the Revelstoke RCMP were dispatched to a two vehicle collision at Albert Canyon, on the Trans-Canada Highway, approximately 40 km east of Revelstoke. The collision involved two large commercial vehicles striking head on.

Police arrived on scene and located two commercial tractor trailers which had collided head-on, with both drivers being pinned inside the vehicles. Both required extrication by the Revelstoke Fire Rescue Service as well as transportation to the Queen Victoria Hospital in Revelstoke by BC Ambulance Service. Both drivers have potentially life threatening injuries.

Heavy snow has been falling overnight, conditions are cloudy and approximately -5C.

The Trans-Canada Highway is currently closed until the RCMP Collision Analyst conducts the investigation, and the vehicles can be removed from the road. Following this, the roadway will need to be cleared by the local highways maintenance contractor EMCON and approved safe for travel by the Ministry of Transportation. Drivers are suggested to consult with DriveBC where they can determine when the road is likely to re-opened.

The police would like to remind all drivers that roadways are constructed for safe driving at or below the posted speed limit. Driving to road conditions means travelling at a rate which ensures the ability to safely maintain your lane and stay on the road. All drivers are encouraged to slow down: drive the speed limit, (or the recommended or variable speed limits), and do their part to ensure that everyone gets to their destination safely.

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