The first valley snowfall of winter has led to a series of motor vehicle incidents on the Trans-Canada Highway west of Revelstoke Friday morning, including one that sent a man to hospital.
“Roads are slippery and snowy. We’ve had four or five motor vehicle incidents so far,” Staff-Sgt. Kurt Grabinsky told the Times Review. “(They are) directly attributed to snow and winter conditions, but it’s more attributed to speed, lack of winter tires and not slowing down for winter conditions.”
Most of the incidents have been minor, but a more serious crash happened when a westbound tractor-trailer crossed the centre line and struck an eastbound Ford F250 pickup truck near the Enchanted Forest tourist attraction west of Revelstoke at around 6:30 a.m.
The two occupants of the semi were uninjured, but the lone-occupant of the F250, a 65-year-old B.C. man, sustained minor injuries and was taken to Queen Victoria Hospital in Revelstoke.
The crash closed the highway for several hours, but it has since re-opened.
Charges are pending against the driver of the semi.
Other minor incidents have taken place near Crazy Creek and Three Valley Gap, said Grabinsky.