Fatal crash closes Trans-Canada Highway east of Revelstoke

An MVI has closed the Trans-Canada east of Revelstoke on July 17.

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Traffic backed up at Albert Canyon following the July 17 MVI that closed the Trans-Canada Highway. Image: DriveBC

Update:

The Trans-Canada Highway is now open east of Revelstoke, but expect heavy delays.

Original story:

A section of the Trans-Canada Highway about 33 kilometres east of Revelstoke is closed after a fatal crash in the late morning of Wednesday, July 17.

A 12.5-kilometre stretch of the highway between the east boundary of Mount Revelstoke National Park and the west boundary of Glacier National Park is closed. There are no detours.

In a statement, Cpl. Mike Halskov of BC RCMP Traffic Services said police got the call about a fatal incident around 11:30 a.m.

“Upon arrival it was determined that a commercial dump truck lost control and collided with several other vehicles,” Halskov said. “The driver of the dump truck was ejected and died as a result of the crash. There are no other reported fatalities and injuries to the other vehicle occupants is not clear at this time.”

He said the investigation is in its early stages. Police say it was raining heavily at the time of the collision.

RCMP expect the highway to be closed for several hours.

For traffic updates, check the DriveBC website.

The Trans-Canada East Traffic Service is encouraging anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact them in Revelstoke at 250-837-5255.

DriveBC is expected to provide and update on the incident at 5 p.m.