A semi trailer and an SUV were inovlved in a motor vehicle accident east of Jaffray on Monday morning. Mike Turner photo.

UPDATE: Highway 3 reopens 10 hours after Jaffray crash

It’s the third crash involving a cattle liner in two months

UPDATE: Police are investigating after a third crash involving a cattle truck in the East Kootenay in two months.

Highway 3 was closed for 10 hours on Monday when an SUV and cattle liner carrying 42 head of cattle collided between Jaffray and Galloway about 10:50 a.m.

Cranbrook RCMP and East Kootenay Traffic Services responded to the incident, establishing a detour route via Betania Rd until the highway reopened.

The drivers of both vehicles – two women, aged 72 and 37 – suffered minor injuries and were treated, and released at the scene by BC Ambulance Service.

BC RCMP Traffic Services Corporal Mike Halskov said Tuesday the cause of the crash is under investigation, however, charges could be laid under the Motor Vehicle Act.

“We had an individual that was attempting to make a left hand turn onto the highway from a private driveway,” he said.

“That individual failed to yield to the commercial vehicle tractor trailer hauling 42 head of cattle destined for the United States… both vehicles ended up going off the road and the cattle liner came to a rest on its side and the SUV remained upright.”

BC Hydro, Telus and Shaw also attended the crash, which downed power lines in the area, cutting power to roughly 2000 customers.

Seven cattle were either deceased or had to be euthanized, while the remaining cattle have been taken to a farm for assessment by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Halskov confirmed Monday’s crash is the third involving a cattle liner in the East Kootenay Traffic Services area in two months.

On Monday, The Free Press reported:

Highway 3 is closed in both directions near Jaffray after a cattle truck rollover on Monday.

At 1 p.m., the Regional District of East Kootenay advised a cattle liner had overturned near the overpass, downing power lines and causing a power outage in the area.

The South Country Fire Department is currently on scene supporting traffic control and other agencies.

The highway between Betania Rd and Galloway Mill Rd (4km east of Jaffray) is expected to remain closed for some time, however, there is a detour route available via Betania Rd.

DriveBC will provide the next update at 2 p.m., visit Drivebc.ca.

BC Hydro has dispatched crews to the scene of the crash, which has disrupted power to roughly 2000 customers.

More to come.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

WildSafeBC hosts wildlife safety clinic

The event taught locals how to be bear safe while out in the backcountry

Stag Leap sprints into summer programming

Fernie’s Stag Leap Running Co. encourages participation in virtual races and their Thursday Run Club

July Kootenay real estate sales at record high

Sales and prices of Kootenay real estate on the rise

The International Snow Science Workshop goes virtual

The livestreamed event will include speaker sessions, poster presentations, and panel discussions

Twlefth annual Columbia Basin Culture Tour showcases local artists

Artists from throughout the Elk Valley will be participating in the event August 8 and 9

53 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths cap off week of high infection rates in B.C.

Roughly 1,500 people are self-isolating because they either have COVID-19 or have been exposed to it

VIDEO: Internet famous Yukon-based bhangra dancer explores Vancouver Island

Gurdeep Pandher spreads joy through dance, forms cross-cultural connections amid pandemic

Unofficial holidays: the weird and wonderful things people celebrate around the world

On any given day of the year, there are several strange, silly or serious holidays to observe

Moving on: Tanev scores 11 seconds into OT as Canucks oust Wild

Vancouver beats Minnesota 5-4 to move into first round of NHL playoffs

Gene editing debate takes root with organic broccoli, new UBC research shows

Broccoli is one of the best-known vegetables with origins in this scientific haze

VIDEO: U.S. Air Force pilot does fly-by for B.C. son amid COVID border separation

Sky-high father-son visit plays out over White Rock Pier

3 Vancouver police officers test positive for COVID after responding to large party

Union president says other officers are self-isolating due to possible exposure

New mothers with COVID-19 should still breastfeed: Canada’s top doctor

Dr. Theresa Tam made the recommendation during World Breastfeeding Awareness Week

Collapse of Nunavut ice shelf ‘like losing a good friend:’ glaciologist

The ice shelf on the northwestern edge of Ellesmere Island has shrunk 43 per cent

Most Read