Two B.C. men are dead after a collision between a B-train loaded with hay and two other vehicles near Spences Bridge and investigators continue to look into the incident.
Clifton Noiles, 31, from Delta, and Glen Joynt, 53, from Terrace, were killed after their two northbound vehicles were struck by a southbound super B commercial truck that tipped and slid across the centre line of Highway 1, said Cpl. Dan Moskaluk with the South East District.
Noiles was alone in his 2005 GMC Jimmy SUV and was pronounced dead at the scene. Joynt was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Impala with his two sons, ages 14 and 18.
The boys got out with minor injuries before the car was consumed by fire, but couldn’t get their dad, who was unconscious and trapped in the Impala.
The collision occurred at 11:30 a.m. Monday and caused the highway to be closed for eight hours.
The 30-year-old Quesnel man driving the super B — a tractor unit pulling two trailers — suffered minor knee injuries. All of the injured were airlifted to hospital.
Ashcroft and RCMP Central Interior Traffic Services are continuing their investigation.
So far, police believe the super B lost control at a moderate curve, tipped onto its side and moved into the oncoming lane, pushing the victims’ vehicles into the roadside concrete no-post barrier.
Conditions were dry and warm, with partly cloudy skies at the time. Police suspect driver action and speed as possible factors, but are still waiting for the mechanical inspection report.