14-vehicle pile-up snarls Trans-Canada east of Revelstoke overnight

A jackknifed tractor-trailer was the first link in a chain-reaction, 14-vehicle pile-up that closed the TCH on the morning of Mar. 26

A 14-vehicle pile-up on the Trans-Canada between Revelstoke and Golden closed the highway from just before midnight to 9 a.m. on Mar. 26.

Sgt. Mike Pears of the RCMP Trans-Canada East Traffic Services said the incident started when a westbound tractor-trailer lost control in snowy conditions and jackknifed at the top of the Heather Hill, about 50 kilometres west of Golden, B.C.

Before long thirteen other vehicles piled into the truck or one another. They included nine tractor-trailers, three passenger vehicles, one pickup hauling a trailer and a rental vehicle hauling a trailer.

Fortunately, nobody was seriously injured, although several people were taken to hospital in Golden and Revelstoke for treatment.

Pears said three main factors contributed to the crash: the snowy conditions, driving too fast for the conditions and the location of the incident on a curve that obscured drivers’ view.

Pears described the location of the crash this way: “You come around a corner and you’re kind of on top of it, but people have to slow down still.”

The RCMP, Parks Canada staff, BCAS personnel and tow truck contractors worked throughout the night to unsnarl the mess.

He said a snowstorm at that elevation is normal for this time of year and drivers need to be prepared.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

QUIZ: Are you ready for a summer road trip?

How much do you really know about roads, motor vehicles and car culture? Take this quiz to find out.

Provincial COVID-19 data can now be used for B.C. to prepare for a second wave

In the past week, B.C. has seen a slight spike in daily test-positive case counts

Jocelyn’s Jottings: When everyone is a friend of a friend

Chances are I know someone in Revelstoke who knows you, such is… Continue reading

Revelstoke city staff bring forward community centre reopening plans

Plans for the arena and pool will come later this summer

Slow melt at high elevations near Revelstoke this spring

At one location on Mt. Fidelity there is double the usual snowpack for early July

Okanagan sisters-in-law sleep out successful

Kiley Routley and Heidi Routley raise nearly $2,400 and awareness for youth homelessness

Beverly Hills 90210 star’s family selling Vancouver Island Beach Resort

You can own Jason Priestley’s Terrace Beach Resort in Ucluelet for less than $5 million

Genetic detectives begin work to trace spread of COVID-19 in Canada

The kinds of genetic technology being used for this project did not exist when SARS hit Canada in 2003

Sports fishers protest Fraser River Chinook closures

Public Fishery Alliance wants hatchery fish open for harvest

COVID-19: Homeless to be relocated from temporary Okanagan shelter

Homeless shelters in Vernon have been combined into one site at the curling rink since April

Dozens of fish die at popular lake near Chase

A few natural phenomena are possible causes for their deaths.

Amber Alert for two Quebec girls cancelled after bodies found

Romy Carpentier, 6, Norah Carpentier, 11, and their father, Martin Carpentier, missing since Wednesday

Most Read