Semi rollover closes highway for most of Saturday

The Trans-Canada Highway was closed most of the day after a semi crashed and took out a power pole Saturday morning.

The Trans-Canada Highway was closed most of the day after a semi crashed and took out a power pole Saturday morning.

The incident took place three kilometres west of Three Galley Gap at around 8:30 a.m. when the driver of a westbound tractor-trailer unit lost control, crashed into the power pole, and then rolled over on its side, blocking both lanes of traffic.

The driver was issued a ticket for driving without due care and following too closely.

BC Hydro was called to the scene to repair the downed pole and power lines. It took them almost all day to conduct the repairs.

The highway opened at about 4:20 p.m. after an almost eight hour closure due to the downed power lines.

It is the third crash in a little more than a day to close the highway. Early Friday morning, one person was injured after a semi crashed into a pickup. Another accident late Friday night closed the highway for several hours overnight.

The RCMP is reminding drivers to drive according to road conditions, especially considering the slushy and wet road conditions.