A single-vehicle accident on the Big Eddy bridge forced the structure’s closure for much of Saturday.
A statement from the Revelstoke RCMP said that on Saturday morning at about 11:14 a Toyota Tacoma allegedly lost control near the centre of the single-lane bridge when it began to fishtail. The vehicle came into contact with both sides of the bridge then over turned, coming to a rest on its driver’s side. The bridge metal deck road way was slippery due to the rain fall.
The male driver’s left arm became pinned between the driver’s-side door and the roadway of the bridge. Emergency medical personnel and the City’s Fire Rescue Service were able to free the driver from the vehicle and paramedics transported him to Queen Victoria Hospital. The driver is in good health, besides a broken left arm and lacerations to the head, the statement said.
Damages done to the vehicle and bridge are estimated at $100,000. Alcohol was not a factor.
The bridge was temporarily closed due to the possibility of structural damage until a bridge contractor determined it was safe to use. One of The Current’s regular readers said it was re-oepned by 4 pm whic h was when he crossed it.