A white pickup truck (seen here on tow truck) crashed after a semi-trailer truck struck a nearby power pole and crossed all lanes of traffic on Friday morning on Highway 3, cutting power to 11 customers and stopping traffic flow for an hour at a scene just east of Grand Forks. (Jensen Edwards/Grand Forks Gazette)

Accident east of Grand Forks shuts down traffic, power

Traffic began flowing again by 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 3

UPDATED 2:36 p.m. on Jan. 3

An eastbound commercial semi-trailer truck splintered a telephone/hydro pole before crossing all lanes of traffic just east of Grand Forks on Friday morning on Highway 3, knocking out power to 11 FortisBC customers in the process and leading to another vehicle crash as a result.

Cpl. Chris Wolfram of the RCMP West Kootenay Traffic Services said Friday afternoon that road conditions were not a factor in the incident; rather, “speed and driver error” were at play in the semi’s crash.

The driver of a westbound white pickup truck reacted to the scene, crashing his vehicle in the process. Wolfram said that the driver of the pickup, a local man from the Boundary at the “wrong place at the wrong time,” was taken to hospital for observation. The driver of the semi truck stayed on scene and was uninjured in the crash.

By 8:30 a.m., traffic was flowing by alternating directions through the scene, at the guidance of flaggers on site.

By 9 a.m., the vehicles involved had been cleared from the road and FortisBC crews were assessing the incident’s impact on nearby power lines. According to FortisBC’s online outage map, the incident cut power to 11 customers closest to the sight of the accident. Power was restored by 4:17 p.m.


@jensenedw
Jensen.edwards@grandforksgazette.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Injured animal highlights need to local woman for rehabilitation services

Christina Abbott ended up having the baby skunk put down due to the lack a nearby facility

‘Health First’ leads planning for SD51 re-opening.

The province wants final plans by Aug. 26

July Kootenay real estate sales at record high

Sales and prices of Kootenay real estate on the rise

Smoker Farms bringing craft-style cannabis to Beaverdell

Husband-wife team growing small-scale cultivations of marijuana

RCMP investigating alleged pellet gun shooting

Those involved are considered well known to Grand Forks RCMP

Teachers to get 2 extra days to prepare for students’ return, now set for Sept. 10

Students will first start with orientation and learn rules of COVID-19 classroom policies

Feds commit $305M in additional funds for Indigenous communities during COVID-19

Money can be used to battle food insecurity and support children and mental health

Hobo Cannabis renamed Dutch Love after backlash

Hobo Cannabis has various locations in Vancouver, Kelowna and Ottawa

Man accused of killing Red Deer doctor says he does not remember attack

Appearing before a judge, Deng Mabiour, 54, rambled about being sick and needing a doctor

Teen killer Kelly Ellard gets day parole extension, allowing up to 5 days at home

Ellard is serving a life sentence for the 1997 murder of 14-year-old Reena Virk

Andrew Scheer likely marking last day in House of Commons as Opposition leader

Today’s Commons sitting is one of two scheduled for August

Deaths feared after train derails amid storms in Scotland

Stonehaven is on the line for passenger trains linking Aberdeen with the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow

DFO says 5 aggrieved B.C First Nations were consulted on fisheries plan

Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations calls response ‘a sham,’ adding DFO never incorporates their views

Lower Mainland woman gives birth on in-laws’ driveway

Frédérique Gagnon new son is appropriately named after Norse trickster god

Most Read