Keremeos and District Volunteer Firefighters, BC Ambulance and Keremeos RCMP were called to the scene of a motor vehicle accident on Highway 3 just west of Keremeos late Thursday morning, February 13.
A Mazda pickup truck pulling out of the Fas Gas outlet (Sportsmens Corner) about two kilometres west of Keremeos was struck by an eastbound travelling semi trailer around 11:15 Thursday morning.
“I was heading eastbound into Keremeos, when the truck just pulled out in front of me,” said the driver of the semi trailer.
“I did everything I could to avoid hitting him,” said the driver of the semi. The pickup sustained major damage to the driver’s side front and rear quarters, while the tractor trailer’s passenger fender and fuel tank were badly damaged.
Keremeos firefighters had to use extrication tools to free the driver of the pickup, who is believed to be from Princeton.
Highway 3 was temporarily blocked as emergency crews worked to free the man. The semi trailer, partially blocked the highway for about a half hour.
Traffic, consisting of mostly trucks, were backed up for about 500 metres beyond the accident scene until the stricken vehicles could be cleared.
The driver of the pickup was transported for medical treatment. HIs condition is not believed to be life threatening.
Two dogs also in the pickup were also rescued.