Sicamous residents feed truck drivers after Highway 1 closes for 2 days

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VANCOUVER – Hundreds of truck drivers were stranded along Highway 1 between Sicamous and Revelstoke for two days after Highway 1 was closed from Craigellachie to Revelstoke due to a high avalanche hazard.

Marie Munro, who transports good from Calgary to Armstrong, was parked on the shoulder of Highway 1 for hours, before the road opened Wednesday afternoon.

“Where are we going to go?” she said.

Sicamous residents, many of whom had no power, came out to offer the truck drivers food while they were waiting.

Munro said the Husky gas station was giving out free food and drink and someone even knocked on her window with a steak dinner.

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“It’s really something,” she said. “They need kudos, they need to know we appreciate it.”

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“The reality is, it’s nice to have people look at us in a positive way.”

The road has now opened, but with all the vehicles waiting to get through, it will be some time before the congestion is cleared.

But for Munro, the real story is the kindness of strangers to the stranded drivers. “So amazing what some of these people do to make sure everyone is OK,” she said.

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