Highway 5A wreck not as bad as it appeared
It looked catastrophic at first — dozens of smashed-up cars and a semi-trailer tipped onto its side on a windy stretch of Highway 5A south of Kamloops.
But, according to Kamloops RCMP Staff Sgt. Grant Learned, the wreck at about 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11, turned out to be a fairly minor case of a speeding trucker losing his load of crushed vehicles.
“Some of the initial calls, they thought they were coming up to a major car crash,” Learned said.
“The initial calls in to our 911 system were that there was a catastrophic crash.”
Learned said the spilled load was blocking the highway, leaving 5A closed for two hours.
In the end, the driver — a 32-year-old Abbotsford man — was given a ticket and treated for bumps and bruises.
“It appeared that the truck was travelling too fast,” Learned said.
“He was also taken to Royal Inland Hospital, where he was reported to have minor injuries.”