A three-vehicle crash at the Balmoral intersection reduced the Trans-Canada Highway to single lane alternating traffic for several hours on Wednesday, May 16. (Observer file photo)

Update: Police say alcohol not a factor in Balmoral crash

Salmon Arm RCMP investigating highway collision, injuries to three people not life-threatening

Salmon Arm RCMP have provided a little more information on Wednesday’s crash at Balmoral Road.

Police report that on May 16 at approximately 5:30 p.m., officers were called to a crash at the intersection of Balmoral Road and Highway #1 in the Blind Bay area. It involved three commercial vehicles, two of which were semi-tractor trailers.

One of the semi trailers had flipped onto its side, coming to rest in the eastbound lanes, with the contents of the trailer scattered across both of the eastbound lanes. The second semi ended up in the grassy area just off to the side of the eastbound lanes.

Three people were taken to hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The eastbound lanes of Highway 1 remained closed to traffic for several hours while crews cleaned up the debris.

Police report they are still investigating the accident, but alcohol is not suspected.

Emergency Health Services reported that three ambulances were dispatched to the scene, taking the three people to hospital in stable condition.

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The Balmoral/Trans-Canada intersection is a known trouble spot for serious collisions, even though the highway is four lanes in that section. There is no traffic light at the intersection, but a stop sign guides drivers turning off Balmoral Road.


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