One dead in crash that closes Trans-Canada west of Revelstoke

One person has died after two semis collided on the Trans-Canada Highway west of Revelstoke Monday night.

A crash involving two semis resulted in one death and a lengthy closure of the Trans-Canada Highway west of Revelstoke on Monday.

A crash involving two semis resulted in one death and a lengthy closure of the Trans-Canada Highway west of Revelstoke on Monday.

One person has died after two semis collided on the Trans-Canada Highway west of Revelstoke Monday night.

The Trans-Canada has been closed for 13 hours as a result of the crash that took place about 20 kilometres west of Revelstoke on Nov. 24 at around 8:45 p.m.

RCMP say the crash happened when a westbound tractor-trailer jackknifed across the highway, blocking both lanes of traffic. An eastbound semi smashed into the jackknifed vehicle at the axles causing major damage to both vehicles.

The driver of the eastbound vehicle experienced major injuries and died at the scene.

The highway has been closed since the crash as crews cleanup the scene. One semi was hauling cut lumber and spilled it’s load. Fuel spills are also being addressed.

RCMP, Revelstoke Fire Rescue, BC Ambulance, HMC Services and the BC Coroner Service all attended the scene of the collision.

This is the fourth crash to close the Trans-Canada since Friday — all of which involve commercial tractor-trailers.

“Commercial drivers are encouraged to slow down and to drive according to changing winter conditions,” said Staff-Sgt. Kurt Grabinsky in a news release.

As well, a crash resulted in the closure of Highway 23 North for about 2.5 hours Monday night.

Check DriveBC for updates on highway conditions.