Driver escapes serious injury in truck mishap

A spectacular accident involving a single semi trailer took place on Highway 3

  • Oct. 26, 2011 6:00 p.m.
A spectacular accident involving a single semi trailer took place on Highway  3 west of Keremeos earlier this month. The driver was shaken up in the early morning accident

A spectacular accident involving a single semi trailer took place on Highway 3 west of Keremeos earlier this month. The driver was shaken up in the early morning accident

 

At approximately 4:45 a.m. on October 17 a transport truck hit the ditch opposite the Lucky R MHP west of Keremeos. The truck was eastbound and crossed three lanes of highway, hitting the ditch in the westbound lanes. Damage to the tractor unit was extensive as the tractor unit hit several very large roadside boulders when it left the road which took out the whole front undercarriage of the tractor. Damage to the trailer was less severe.

Around noon the same day, two large wreckers from Abbotsford arrived to clean up the wreck. Large air bags were used to right the trailer. The recovery crew worked until just after 5 p.m. to hook up the wreck and tow it away.

 

It is my understanding that the driver was not seriously hurt in the mishap and did not require medical treatment. The tractor unit, however, appeared to be a complete write off, with a bent frame and complete destruction of the front axle and wheels .

 

 

Contributed  by Barry Stenhouse