The two occupants of a semi-truck that crashed on the Trans Canada Highway in Aberdeen, blocking all eastbound traffic Friday night, were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Kamloops RCMP have confirmed.
The single-vehicle crash occurred at about 9:15 p.m. near exit 369 of the highway, between Hillside Drive and Summit Drive, snarling traffic for hours.
It appears the eastbound truck lost control and flipped on its side, causing the trailer to tear open, sending debris across a 300 metre area and four lanes of traffic, staff Sgt. Mathias Van Laer said in a press release.
He confirmed the two occupants of the truck were ejected from the vehicle in the process, but suffered non-life threatenting injuries. The two people were taken to Royal Inland Hospital for assessment. The cab of the truck could be seen in a ditch over a concrete median and appeared to have been dislodged from the trailer.
Highway maintenance was at the scene doing clean up and the road is said to have reopened by about 4 a.m. Saturday.
Van Laer said drugs or alcohol do not appear to have been a factor in the crash, and reminds the public to use caution and adjust their speed to the road conditions.
A motorist who passed by the accident scene westbound Friday night shortly after it occurred told KTW the roads appeared clear and dry at the time.