Fifth wheel demolished in West Fernie collision

A fifth wheel was destroyed in a collision on Highway 3 Saturday afternoon.

  • Aug. 6, 2013 4:00 p.m.
A Ford Escape crossed the centre line and collided with a pick up truck.

A Ford Escape crossed the centre line and collided with a pick up truck.

A fifth wheel was destroyed in a collision on Highway 3 Saturday afternoon.

A Ford Escape was pulling a utility trailer full of lumber, heading east on the highway at around 3:30 p.m.

A GMC pick-up truck was travelling the other way, dragging a fifth wheel.

The Escape started to lose control and crossed the centre line near Kubinec Road.

The pick-up truck had no time to stop, and collided with the Escape, losing its fifth wheel that ended up smashed in the ditch.

The trailer behind the Escape also broke loose and collided with the truck.

“We think maybe the Ford Escape was pulling a load too heavy for it,” said Sgt. Will Thien from the Elk Valley RCMP.

“A ticket was issued to the driver for failing to keep right. The fifth wheel was a total loss.”

There were no injuries.

Traffic on Highway 3 was backed up for hours following a single vehicle accident at Olsen Overpass.