A B.C. driver has died after colliding with a tanker truck on the Trans-Canada Highway.
Around 2:40 p.m. on January 6, emergency services and police responded to a report about a vehicle collision on Highway 1 about five kilometres (three miles) near American Creek north of Hope.
According to B.C. RCMP Traffic Services, a northbound car crossed over into southbound lanes and collided with a tanker truck carrying diesel fuel heading south.
The car driver, a man in his 70s from northern B.C., died at the scene. His identity has not been released.
Meanwhile, the truck driver was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
A Hazmat team was called in to recover diesel fuel from the tanker truck as well as for cleanup of the scene. B.C. RCMP Traffic Services stated that there weren’t any reports about fuel spillage into the environment.
RCMP Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service, the B.C. Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, and Commercial Vehicle and Safety Enforcement officers also attended the scene to investigate the cause of the crash.
During cleanup and evidence-gathering, the highway remained closed for 12 hours.
The road and weather was described as snowing with slushy conditions at the time of the collision. B.C. RCMP Traffic Services stated that impairment does not appear to be a contributing factor to the collision.
Fraser Valley Traffic Services (FVTS) is continuing to investigate this collision and anyone with information is asked to call FVTS in Chilliwack at 604-702-4039.