The transport truck trailer rests on the foreshore of Mara Lake after the driver lost control of the vehicle on Tuesday

No injuries in transport truck collision south of Sicamous

Police attribute transport truck collision on Highway 97A to medical distress suffered by driver.

A transport truck driver was taken to hospital after a medical issue contributed single-vehicle collision on Highway 97A south of Sicamous.

Sicamous RCMP report the incident occurred near Davidson Road around 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

A northbound transport truck hauling a flat-deck trailer loaded with lumber crossed the double solid line and struck cement barriers on the southbound shoulder. The truck cab became stuck on the barrier while the load remained upright on the road.

Sicamous RCMP Sgt. Murray McNeil said the barrier kept the truck from carrying on into Mara Lake.

The driver was taken to hospital in Salmon Arm. McNeil said investigating officers determined the driver likely went into medical distress while driving, noting speed and alcohol were not suspected as factors in the collision.

“The driver was conscious while he was transported to hospital,” said McNeil. “There were no injuries as a result of the collision.”

Swansea Point Fire Department members  and Ministry of Transportation staff were on the scene, and assisted in traffic control and containment of the site. Traffic was routed in alternating single lane as crews prepared to remove the vehicle.

“It was very fortunate that there was no southbound traffic at the time the driver of the semi crossed the centre line into the barrier,” said McNeil. “The highway is a series of sharp curves in this area with limited visibility of opposing traffic.”

 

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