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Tractor-trailer turns to ash

Above, the charred remains of a tractor-trailer rig after it ran into a rock bluff Tuesday at the Squilax turn-off on the Trans-Canada Highway. - Rick Koch photo
Above, the charred remains of a tractor-trailer rig after it ran into a rock bluff Tuesday at the Squilax turn-off on the Trans-Canada Highway.
— image credit: Rick Koch photo

Not much was left of a tractor-trailer rig following a crash on the Trans-Canada Highway early Tuesday morning.

Chase RCMP report that at approximately 2:30 a.m. on March 18, officers responded to a single vehicle collision on Highway #1 at the Squilax-Anglemont Road intersection.

The collision involved a tractor-trailer rig, which had gone off the road to the right and struck a rock face, catching fire.

The driver and a passenger who was in the sleeper unit were able to escape. They were transported to Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops by ambulance but suffered only minor injuries.

Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire, and the highway was reduced to single-lane alternating traffic for about three hours.   Police say drugs and alcohol didn’t appear to be involved, and the cause is under investigation.

 

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