Dash cam captures footage of six-vehicle crash on Trans-Canada Highway

Truck driver Chad Willox says he’s lucky to be alive, calls for changes to Commercial Vehicle Regulations and Training

A six vehicle collision took place on the Trans-Canada Highway 10 kilometers west of Sicamous on July 15, after a westbound semi crossed the centre line and slid into oncoming traffic. Photo: RCMP

Dash cam footage of a six vehicle collision on the Trans-Canada Highway near Sicamous last week shows the shocking moment a semi crosses the center line and crashes into oncoming traffic.

Chad Willox, who shared the video on his Facebook page, said he’s “very blessed to be alive.

“Here’s a dash cam video of my wreck by a guy following me. The video footage is of my truck and trailer getting smashed. Time to make changes to Commercial Vehicle Regulations and Training. A twinned national highway would seem appropriate as well,” Willox, who is from Golden, wrote about the collision.

Watch footage of the crash, posted by Chad Willox, here:
https://www.facebook.com/chad.willox/videos/10158384797861341/

The July 15 collision took place 10 kilometers west of Sicamous and involved two semi-tractor trailer units, three pickup trucks and a SUV. A statement from the RCMP says police believe a westbound semi crossed a double solid line, after the driver failed to safely negotiate a turn in the highway. The semi then flipped on its side and skidded down the highway for another 50 meters before coming to rest after striking an eastbound semi. The semi also impacted three eastbound pickup trucks and one eastbound SUV causing extensive damage to the three trucks. Wreckage from the multi-vehicle collision blocked both lanes of the Trans-Canada Highway.

“This narrow two lane section of the highway has a rock wall on the eastbound ditch and a steep drop behind the concrete barrier on the western ditch,” said Sgt. Murray McNeil, Sicamous RCMP Detachment Commander. ”It is extremely fortunate that this collision did not result in multiple fatalities considering the length the truck traveled before finally coming to a stop and the extent of the damage sustained to all the impacted vehicles.”

The driver of the westbound semi, a 32-year-old Calgary man was taken to hospital by BC Emergency Health Services with what police believe to be non-life threatening injuries. Three other adults were also transported by ambulance to hospital, all suffering from non-life threatening injuries.

RCMP said while no evidence was found to suggest that impairment was a factor in the crash, investigators suspect speed may have been a contributing factor to the collision. Weather, road conditions, and visibility were all excellent at the time of the collision. Police charged the driver with crossing a double solid line under the BC Motor Vehicle Act.

If you witnessed this crash and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to call the Sicamous RCMP at 250-836-2878.

Melissa Jameson is the civic affairs reporter for the Revelstoke Mountaineer. She handles the newsy side of goings on about Revelstoke. Got a news tip? Feel free to contact Melissa at melissa@revelstokemountaineer.com