Trans Canada East Traffic Services
On June 15 at approximately 7:49 p.m. Revelstoke RCMP, BC Ambulance Service and other emergency responders attended to the report of a commercial tractor trailer roll over collision near the Illecillewaet Campground on the Trans Canada Highway near Glacier National Park.
RCMP can confirm that a west bound tractor trailer unit travelling from Winnipeg to Delta rolled over in a sharp right hand curve.
The posted speed limit in this area in 70 kilometres-per-hour. A collision analyst attended the scene and continues the investigation.
The two occupants of the truck, both from Manitoba, were injured. The driver was transported to Foothills Hospital in Calgary by STARS Air Ambulance in critical condition.
The passenger was transported to Hospital in Golden with non life-threatening injuries.
The commercial tractor trailer unit was transporting packaged meat at the time of the collision.
The RCMP continue their investigation into this incident and are looking at speed, driver inattention and inexperience as well as load configuration as possible causes and or contributing factors to this collision.
Hundreds of commercial vehicles travel this route daily and that corner has been there since the highway opened.
These collisions are very preventable if drivers slow down and pay attention said Sgt Mike Pears, unit commander of the Trans Canada East Traffic Services.
“This corner did not just show up.”
The RCMP ask if you witnessed this collision, and have not spoken with police, to contact Constable Ted Yademuk of the Trans Canada East Traffic services Unit in Sicamous at 250-836-3428. There is no other information available at this time.