A tow truck hooks up the Revelstoke Fire Rescue Services highway rescue truck on the evening of Dec. 20 after it hit ice and crashed into the ditch on the Trans-Canada near the entrance to the Meadows in the Sky Parkway.

Crash puts Revelstoke highway rescue truck out of commission

Revelstoke's highway rescue truck was severely damaged in a crash on Dec. 20

The Revelstoke fire department’s highway rescue truck is out of commission indefinitely after it crashed into the ditch while returning to Revelstoke from a call.

The incident happened on Dec. 20 at about 6:30 p.m. on the Trans-Canada Highway right at the entrance to Mt. Revelstoke National Park’s Meadows in the Sky Parkway.

Revelstoke fire chief Rob Girard said the truck hit a patch of black ice and crashed. None of the six firefighters on the truck were injured.

“But they certainly were shaken by this incident and we are so glad no one was hurt,” Girard said.

At the scene, it looked like the westbound rescue truck may have hit the ice near the overpass that leads into Mt. Revelstoke National Park. The truck came to rest in the right-hand ditch.

“It sustained severe drive train and frame damage,” Girard said in a statement. “For now we are only able to provide highway rescue for in-city and within the [Revelstoke] fire protection area for motor vehicle incidents.”

The fire department is looking to lease a truck, and hopes to have it in service by Dec. 24.

In the meantime, Revelstoke first responders can only cover inside the City of Revelstoke’s fire protection area. Outside that, neighbouring road rescue departments will be covering the highways around Revelstoke.

 

 

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

Just Posted

QUIZ: Do you know the truth?

In what has been described as a post-truth era, how much do you know about truth and lies?

EDITORIAL: Managing wildfires

Wildfires have the potential to cause significant damage within our province

Opening night lineup for online Roots & Blues festival released

The first night of the festival on Aug. 14 will be stacked with favourites from previous years

Revelstoke’s forestry museum launches podcasts and new website

One of their summer students is working remotely

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for Aug. 6

Chautauqua, CPR strike and destructive fire

53 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths cap off week of high infection rates in B.C.

Roughly 1,500 people are self-isolating because they either have COVID-19 or have been exposed to it

Therapeutic art for sale at Okanagan show

17th annual Awakening the Spirit Art Show and Sale presented by Vernon Canadian Mental Health Assoc.

VIDEO: Internet famous Yukon-based bhangra dancer explores Vancouver Island

Gurdeep Pandher spreads joy through dance, forms cross-cultural connections amid pandemic

Tech mogul growing North Okanagan’s wine industry

The founder of online dating site Plenty of Fish is developing 900 acres in Vernon

Fentanyl-laced powder being sold as cocaine in Kamloops

Interior Health has released a warning about very strong fentanyl in Kamloops

Unofficial holidays: the weird and wonderful things people celebrate around the world

On any given day of the year, there are several strange, silly or serious holidays to observe

North Okanagan ranch needs support to stay afloat

Founded in 1867, a fundraiser has been launched for the Historic O’Keefe Ranch

Video: Enraged man terrifies staff and customers at Shuswap restaurant

Video on Facebook shows the man hurling profanity at workers during the dinner rush on Aug. 7.

Moving on: Tanev scores 11 seconds into OT as Canucks oust Wild

Vancouver beats Minnesota 5-4 to move into first round of NHL playoffs

Most Read