Tractor-trailer driver ticketed for head-on collision that trapped injured motorist

The driver of a tractor-trailer that slammed head-on into an oncoming pickup on the Trans-Canada on Thursday afternoon has been ticketed after police found the truck to be about seven feet inside the oncoming lane at the point of impact. The driver of the pickup had to be extracted by firefighters and is undergoing treatment in hospital.

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A Trans-Canada Highway file photo. Revelstoke Mountaineer file photo

The driver of a tractor-trailer unit has been ticketed for a head-on collision on the Trans-Canada in Revelstoke that trapped an injured motorist in his vehicle.

The incident occurred just after 12 p.m. on Thursday, March 9.

It happened on a two-lane section of the highway near the entrance to Mount Revelstoke National Park.

In a statement, Revelstoke RCMP said the westbound tractor-trailer was passing another vehicle at the time of the incident, and was about “6 to 8 feet” in the oncoming lane when it struck an eastbound pickup truck.

The black Nissan Titan pickup truck was badly damaged and hurled to the side of the highway by the impact. The male driver was injured and trapped inside the vehicle, and Revelstoke Fire Rescue Services personnel were required to extract him from the crumpled truck. He was then transported to Queen Victoria Hospital for treatment.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was issued a violation ticket for failing to keep right.

The incident drew many first responders to deal with the mess, including the Revelstoke RCMP, Revelstoke Fire Rescue Service, BC Ambulance Service, Ministry of Transportation, EMCON, tow companies and traffic control personnel.

The incident caused the Trans-Canada Highway to be closed Thursday afternoon.