Motorcyclist, passenger hospitalized after illegal pass on Trans-Canada ends in crash

After an illegal pass, a motorcyclist lost control, crashed into a concrete barrier, causing his passenger to be ejected into the forest. The incident closed the Trans-Canada for over two hours on a busy Friday summer evening.

In this file photo, eastbound traffic blocked at the intersection of Victoria Road and the Trans-Canada. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

The incident that closed the Trans-Canada Highway on the evening of Friday, July 20 was caused by an illegal motorcycle pass gone wrong near the Highway 23 intersection, Revelstoke RCMP say.

First responders were notified of the incident just before 8 p.m.

Police say a motorcyclist and passenger, both from Alberta, were travelling westbound near the intersection of the two highways when the driver opted to pass other motorists on the two-way stretch. Passing is not permitted in that stretch of the highway.

The driver, 56, lost control of his motorcycle as he was attempting to get back into the westbound lane, and struck the concrete barrier, then crashed into the ditch. His 39-year-old passenger was ejected from the bike and came to a rest in the forested area nearby.

The pair were taken to Queen Victoria Hospital where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Police ticketed the driver for failing to keep right.

In a statement, police reminded motorists to follow the rules of the road, especially during the busy summer driving season.

The incident closed the Trans-Canada Highway. DriveBC issued a closure notice just after 8 p.m. on Friday on their Twitter feed, and then tweeted the highway was reopened with traffic delays at around 10:45 p.m.