Thursday April 17, 2014

Crashes close down parts of Highway 1

Accidents near Sicamous and Salmon Arm

A semi-trailer truck bursts into flames after a crash on Highway 1 near Sicamous.

A combination of crashes closed parts of Highway 1 east of Kamloops for much of Tuesday.

The mayhem started Monday at about 9:40 p.m. when the driver of a Ford Bronco lost control and rolled the vehicle before coming to a rest in the middle of the road about 20 km east of Sicamous.

The driver got out unharmed, but three semi-trailer trucks crashed when they arrived on the scene at Eagle River bridge. The resulting pile-up, with one of the trucks engulfed in flames, blocked traffic in both directions.

Government officials assessed the structural integrity of the bridge before allowing traffic on it.

There were no injuries.

The highway was finally re-opened to single-lane alternating traffic at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, but with no detours in the area there was major traffic congestion.

Then about two hours later, there was a collision involving two semi-trailer trucks about five km east of Canoe, near Salmon Arm. Police said they expected the highway to be closed for several hours.

This time, though, there were detours available via Highway 97A and Highway 97B.

There was no word on injuries.

And frustration is set to continue Wednesday, with a planned closure of the highway from nine to 26 km west of Revelstoke between 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. for avalanche control.

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