Heavy snow fall helps cause two accidents around Revelstoke

Revelstoke RCMP were kept busy Thursday responding to accidents resulting from the snowfall but only one was serious enough to shut down the Trans Canada Highway for any length of time, RCMP said.

  • Feb. 4, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Revelstoke RCMP were kept busy Thursday responding to accidents resulting from the snowfall but only one was serious enough to shut down the Trans Canada Highway for any length of time, RCMP said.

The most serious incident occurred at around 8 a.m. when a westbound tractor-trailer unit jack-knifed after slamming on his brakes to avoid colliding with another truck near the Albert Canyon brake check. The driver lost control and ended up in the eastbound ditch and the jack-knifed trailer blocked the highway.

The 22-year-old driver from Ontario was charged with failing to keep right. Damage to the truck is estimated at $10,000.

Failure to remove snow from a vehicle was blamed for a minor collision near the Big Eddy bridge yesterday.

A 17-year-old Revelstoke man was charged with failing to yield when he skidded on slippery roads. The snow on the roof of his vehicle slide onto his windshield, blocking his vision. His GMC pickup truck drifted into oncoming traffic, striking a 2003 Jeep in the rear tire. No one was injured in the mishap.