'Blessed to be alive’: Dashcam video captures Highway 1 collision with semi near Shuswap

Golden resident shares harrowing footage from July 15 incident.

“I am very blessed to be alive,” Chad Willox wrote on his Facebook page after being caught in a a six-vehicle collision on Highway 1 near Sicamous.

The comment was posted on July 19 by the Golden resident, along with an excerpt of dashcam video taken by the driver following Willox during the collision that occurred 10 kilometres west of Sicamous on July 15.

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The harrowing footage shows a westbound white tractor-trailer unit coming around a corner, crossing double solid lines and falling on its side in the eastbound lane. In the process, the semi collides with the side of Willox’s pickup truck and trailer before hitting the vehicle with the dashcam filming the incident.

“Time to make changes to Commercial Vehicle Regulations and Training. A twinned national highway would seem appropriate as well,” Willox wrote in the post.

 

Two semis, three pickup trucks and an SUV were involved in the collision that sent the driver of the westbound semi and three other people to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the westbound semi, a 32-year-old Calgary man, is facing charges.

Speed is believed to have been a contributing factor.

“This narrow two-lane section of the highway has a rock wall on the eastbound ditch and a steep drop behind the concrete barrier on the western ditch,” Sicamous RCMP Sgt. Murray McNeil said. “It is extremely fortunate that this collision did not result in multiple fatalities, considering the length the truck travelled before finally coming to a stop and the extent of the damage sustained to all the impacted vehicles.”

Witnesses to the collision are asked to contact Sicamous RCMP at 250-836-2878.

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