July 3, 2014 12:20 pm

Highway 3 near Osoyoos re-opens after major crash

UPDATE 9:29 a.m. Thursday – Highway 3 has re-opened in both directions. The transport truck driver, a 46-year-old Kelowna man, suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries and was taken by Air Ambulance to Kelowna General Hospital for treatment. No other injuries were reported.

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NEAR OSOYOOS — A major crash closed Highway 3 for several hours near Spotted Lake.

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Traffic is now open to single lane alternating traffic nine kilometres west of Osoyoos, after a fiery crash just after 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Osoyoos RCMP can’t confirm the cause of the crash yet, but believe that one truck sideswiped the other.

It’s believed one of the trucks was carrying lumber, which caused flames from the crash to spread to the nearby brush.

The fire quickly grew to 4.5 hectares and threatened a nearby house.

According to BC Fire Service, seven people, two air tankers and one helicopter were dispatched to the scene. Retardant has been dropped around the perimeter, and crews remained on scene overnight.

One of the drivers in the accident was able to get out of their vehicle and is uninjured, while the other one was pulled from their truck suffering serious, but non life-threatening injuries.

 

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