Driver pinned after semi spills pork load

Driver trapped in cab needs to have truck lifted off of him; pork spilled all over highway, creating nasty mess

Police are considering charges against a driver who crashed a tractor-trailer full of pork near Rogers Pass early Thursday.

The crash took place on Sept. 27 at around 12:45 a.m. when the driver of a westbound tractor-trailer lost control and overturned.

The driver was descending down the big curve at the Illecillewaet Campground turnoff just west of Rogers Pass, said Revelstoke RCMP spokesperson Staff-Sgt. Jacquie Olsen.

The driver, who was the only occupant of the vehicle, was trapped inside the semi for some time and could not be rescued until it was lifted by a tow truck.

The driver was taken to Queen Victoria Hospital with leg injuries. There was extensive damage to the trailer unit and its contents were spilled all over the highway. The highway was closed for several hours as a result of the rescue and clean-up.

Four members of Revelstoke Highway Rescue attended the scene and were there for several hours extricating the individual, said Fire Chief Rob Girard.

Olsen said the investigation is ongoing and charges are pending. “Speed is being considered as a contributing factor,” she said.



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