Trans-Canada reopened

The Trans-Canada Highway was reopened at about noon on Tuesday, July 22, after being closed for seven hours after a semi crashed near the Meadows-in-the-Sky Parkway.

A statement from Staff Sgt. Kurt Grabinsky said the RCMP, Fire Rescue Services, Parks Canada and the BC Ambulance Service responded when a west-bound semi truck the roadside barrier at the access road to the parkway at about 5:30 am.

“The tractor trailer unit caught fire as a result of the accident which then resulted in the trailer catching fire,” Grabinsky said. “Diesel fuel was present on the highway as a result. The trailer contained liquid fertilizer and other flammable consumer goods, some of which has spilled onto the highway. Revelstoke Fire Department has contained the fire and the debris. Parks Canada is presently assessing the environmental impact.

Charges to the driver are pending further investigation from Trans-Canada East Traffic Services, the statement said.