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Collision at Eagle River Bridge closes highway
The Eagle River Bridge in Malakwa was closed to traffic Tuesday morning following a multiple-vehicle incident involving a truck and three semis.
No one was injured in the incident, which occurred on Monday, Dec. 9 at approximately 9:41 p.m.
Officers responding to a report of a multi-vehicle accident on the bridge, about 15 kilometres east of Sicamous along the Trans-Canada Highway, learned a Ford Bronco had lost control, rolled and come to rest in the middle of the highway. The driver was able to exit the vehicle unharmed. Three tractor-trailer units then drove into the accident scene.
One of the semis wound up blocking traffic, while another became engulfed in flames. Firefighters from the Malakwa Volunteer Fire Department, with aid from Sicamous, were able to prevent the blaze from reaching the other vehicles.
Columbia Shuswap Regional District fire services co-ordinator Kenn Mount said the fire was hot enough to cause damage to the bridge. Representatives from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure were at the scene Tuesday to assess the bridge’s structural integrity.