Fatal Collision on Trans Canada Highway
On February 4, 2020 at approximately 7:50 PM, Salmon Arm RCMP and Emergency Services responded to a three-vehicle fatal crash on Highway 1 near 20th Ave NE in Salmon Arm, BC. The investigation determined that an east bound Ford F350 pickup truck crossed the centre line and collided with the trailer of a transport truck which was west bound. The pickup truck was damaged and then impacted a second west bound transport truck.
The driver of the pickup truck, a man in his 70's from the local area, had to be extricated from the pickup and was transported to hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. The passenger in the pickup truck, also a man in his 70's, was treated at hospital and it is believed that he will make a full recovery.
The drivers of the semi-trucks were not injured as a result of the collisions with their commercial vehicles. Both remained at the scene and provided statements as well as their dash camera video. The video was instrumental in understanding what occurred in this collision.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation by Salmon Arm RCMP. Anyone with information useful to the investigation is asked to contact Salmon Arm RCMP at 250-832-6044.