Lengthy closure of Hwy 3 November 26 due to commercial vehicle crash
Princeton, BC Highway Patrol
2021-11-29 08:17 PST
File # 2021-5659
On November 26, 2021 at approximately 6:10 AM, Princeton RCMP, BC Highway Patrol and Emergency Services responded to a report of a serious collision on Highway 3, approximately six kilometres west of that community.
Upon arrival it was determined that two commercial transport trucks had collided head-on and subsequently caught fire. A third commercial vehicle traveling east entered the collision scene and struck the wreckage, rolled over and came to a rest in the ditch. The driver and passenger of the westbound transport truck and the lone driver of the eastbound transport truck all died in this crash. The driver of the third transport truck sustained only minor injuries. This collision resulted in the closure of Highway 3 for over 16 hours.
BC Highway Patrol in Keremeos has conduct of this investigation with assistance from the BC Coroners' Service.
Police urge all drivers to be extremely vigilant to changing road and weather conditions during their travels. Weather conditions can change without warning and affect road surface temperatures, causing 'black ice' and slippery conditions which makes driving challenging.
While police were at the scene of this collision, another collision report involving a commercial vehicle was received. This collision occurred in Manning Park at about 6:50 AM, east of Eastgate, also on Highway 3. BC Highway Patrol from Chilliwack attended this crash, as police were unable to attend from Princeton due to the first incident.
In this case, the commercial driver received only minor injuries after entering a curve over the advisory speed limit, lost control and crashed into the rock face adjacent to the highway.
British Columbia is in a state of emergency due to heavy rains, flooding, mudslides and washouts that have affected travel into and out of the Lower Mainland of BC and the rest of the province. These collisions resulted in the closure of Highway 3 for over 16 hours, during which time much needed goods were not getting delivered. With more heavy rains expected, Highway 3 was pre-emptively closed again on November 27th and remains so pending further assessment.
BC Highway Patrol urges motorists to only travel for essential reasons. With the closure of several major routes and only limited or restricted travel on others, it is expected that those highways opened for essential travel will experience an increase in traffic volume generally, and commercial vehicle traffic especially, and this includes Highway 3.
Motorists should expect delays and are asked to drive with care, exercise patience and ensure your vehicle is well-maintained and properly equipped with winter tires and/or chains. In addition, ensure you have extra food, water, clothing and a charged cellphone. Before embarking on your trip, consult DriveBC.ca for the latest on road closures and weather conditions.
Above all, give yourself some extra time and please don't rush. By slowing down, you give yourself more time to perceive and react to emerging situations which can prevent a crash, keeping our vital links open to traffic during this challenging time.
Anyone with information regarding either collision, including any dashboard camera video, is asked to call BCHP in Keremeos at 250-499-2250.
Cpl. Mike HalskovMedia Relations Officer
BC Highway Patrol
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