Two vehicle collision shuts Highway 1 down with fire engulfed commercial vehicle

Ashcroft, BC – The Ashcroft RCMP, BC Ambulance Services and area Fire depts attended to a two vehicle collision on Hwy 1 near Spence Bridge on Wednesday morning. The collision caused the closure of the highway due to one vehicle becoming engulfed in flames.

On Wednesday May 24, 2017 at approximately 08:45, the Ashcroft RCMP and other emergency services attended to a two vehicle collision on Hwy 1, 6 kms North of Spences Bridge. On police, fire and ambulance arrival, first responders confirmed that the incident involved a northbound semi-truck and trailer and a southbound compact pick-up truck.

The semi-truck was engulfed in flames on first responder arrival, with the 39 year old male driver out of the truck and suffering non-life threatening injuries. The two occupants of the 2016 Chevrolet pick-up truck, a male and female, both in the 80’s were transported to hospital via ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.

RCMP investigators were able to establish that the commercial truck had crossed over the double solid line into the opposing lane in a two lane undivided area of the Hwy. The driver of the pick-up truck was able to avoid the head-on collision however was still sideswiped. The commercial vehicle slammed into a rock face along the highway and caught fire as result, with the driver being able to safely exit the vehicle.

Highway 1 remained closed for most of the morning with it re-opening to single lane and both direction full traffic later in the day.

Police File # 2017-606

Ashcroft RCMP


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