Charges pending in single-vehicle accident

A single-vehicle accident early Thursday morning closed the Trans-Canada Highway in Rogers Pass for several hour and put a tractor-trailer driver in hospital here in Revelstoke.

A statement from the local RCMP detachment said the accident occurred at about  12:45 am at the  Illecillewaet Loop.

“Investigation showed that a commercial tractor-trailer unit was proceeding westbound on the highway, lost control and overturned,” the statement said. “The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, was trapped inside the tractor for some time, until the unit could be lifted by a tow truck.”

It said the machine was extensively damaged and its contents were “spewed out onto the highway.” The driver was transported to Queen Victoria Hospital with injuries to his leg. The police investigation is continuing and charges are pending, the statement said.