ugg girls boots Truck driver killed as six semis tangle in crash on Coquihalla
Emergency crews didn’t realize the driver of one of six semis involved in a collision on the Coquihalla Highway was dead until three hours after the first vehicles collided, RCMP said Tuesday. Tuesday, said Const. Tracey Dunsmore. “It’s still under investigation. We can’t say for sure what happened. But he was outside of his vehicle,” she said. The crash closed the route from the Exit 202 Portia Interchange to Merritt, stalling traffic for several hours. The accident occurred 26 kilometres south of the Nicola Valley community near Kane Valley. Several centimetres of snow had covered layers of ice and slush on the highway by the time a northbound rig was hit from behind by a second tractor trailer. Dunsmore said a third rig couldn’t stop and hit the back of the second. A fourth semi tried to pass and collided with all three. “It was snowing quite heavily. The roads were icy,” she said. “Then two more trucks came up and were unable to stop and rear ended the pile of four,” she said. The first officer on scene could account for all the truckers save the driver who was in the lead. Dunsmore said it was only when a tow truck arrived to move the rigs that the missing driver was found dead. Given the circumstances at the time the dark, falling snow, and size of the vehicles involved it’s not hard to believe that no one noticed the driver had been hit, said regional coroner Mark Coleman. “When a semi driver hits somebody, if they don’t actually see the person,
they don’t know they’ve hit someone,” he said. The nature of the death rules out the need for an autopsy, said Coleman. Police were still tracking down next of kin late Tuesday afternoon. and the northbound lanes were open by Tuesday afternoon. Larry Hall, president of the North American Truckers’ Guild, called the death a tragedy, adding there’s little drivers can do during a bad snowfall except slow down and keep moving. And, if a vehicle does become stuck, he recommends getting as far out of the path of other vehicles as possible, said Hall. Several days of almost spring like weather have lulled motorists into a false sense of security. But VSA Highway Maintenance spokesman Bob Gilowski said even though roads are clear in Kamloops and Merritt, that’s not the reality through the mountain passes. That’s not the case,” said Gilowski. “It’s winter driving. You’ve got to slow down.” Environment Canada meteorologist Doug Lundquist said 18 cm of snow accumulated on sections of the Coquihalla. He said Monday night’s storm marks the beginning of a cooling trend in the region.