Revelstoke – On Thursday February 13th, 2020 at approximately 9:30 p.m. the Revelstoke RCMP was informed of a westbound tractor trailer unit that had “jack-knifed” near Canyon Hot Springs, 35 km east of Revelstoke on the Trans-Canada Highway. This commercial truck and trailer was reportedly blocking the two eastbound lanes and part of the single westbound lane.
The driver, a 33-year-old Ontario man and his passenger, a 31-year-old Mississauga Ontario man, exited their truck and were standing by the front end of their trailer when an eastbound plow truck arrived on scene.
“While attempting an evasive manoeuver to avoid the jack-knifed trailer, the trailer of another westbound commercial transport unit separated from its tractor and collided with the trailer of the first truck’s trailer,” states S/Sgt. Kurt Grabinsky, Revelstoke RCMP Detachment Commander. “The impact of this secondary collision caused the wreckage to strike both men, and forced the driver into the blade of the plow truck, where he became partially pinned beneath the trailer and the blade of the plow.”
Revelstoke Fire Rescue, BC Emergency Health Services and Revelstoke RCMP rushed to the scene. The pinned driver was extricated from the wreckage and transported to an area hospital with critical injuries. He is expected to be transported to larger centre facility by the critical incident team for additional medical care. The passenger was also transported to hospital with what are believed to be relatively minor non-life threatening injuries.
The primary assessment of the road conditions at the time of the incident were slushy sections with wet snow falling. Goods damaged in the collision pose no threat to the environment. There was additional significant damage to highway concrete barriers.
The Trans-Canada Highway was closed during the investigation and for the removal of the vehicles by a local towing company. The road was re-opened by approximately 5:00 am on Friday 14, 2020.
The RCMP remind drivers to operate their vehicles at a rate of speed appropriate for road conditions.