A violent wreck involving four tractor-trailers closed the Trans-Canada for seven hours overnight after one truck jack-knifed and the next three tractor-trailers to encounter it also crashed.
The incident occurred 17 kilometres west of Revelstoke at about 11:45 p.m. on Mar. 2.
Revelstoke RCMP say the first truck was travelling westbound when it lost control, jack-knifed and crashed into the ditch.
Another westbound tractor-trailer also lost control on ‘icy roads,’ jack-knifed and came to a rest in the ditch in the oncoming lane.
Next came two tractor-trailers heading in the opposite direction.
The first eastbound truck crashed into the trailer being hauled by the first truck. In a statement, the RCMP said the impact sliced that trailer in half.
The driver of the third truck is lucky to be alive. Police say he was able to “just get out of his truck” before a fourth westbound tractor-trailer smashed into his truck.
Only the driver of the fourth truck was taken to hospital, reportedly with minor injuries.
Revelstoke RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Rod Wiebe said no charges were laid in the incident.
Wiebe said exact details of the timing of the crash were unknown. “It was a chain reaction but we don’t know how long was in between each,” he said in a statement.
The Times Review also questioned why not charges were laid. “The officer deemed that due to the road condition charges were not warranted,” Wiebe wrote.
Damage was estimated at $350,000.
The driver of the first truck was a 39-year-old from Montreal, the second truck was a 59-year-old from Abbotsford, the third truck a 39-year-old from Surrey and the fourth was a 33-year-old from Surrey.