Traffic halted following Canada Day collision

One individual has been treated for non-life threatening injuries after being involved in a Highway 3 collision west of Sparwood on July 1.

One individual has been treated for non-life threatening injuries after being involved in a Highway 3 collision 3 km west of Sparwood on July 1.

Although unconfirmed at this point, a family pet is also believed to have been killed in the incident.

The collision, at the Olson Crossing, occurred around 10:45 a.m., after a vehicle hauling gravel tipped, causing several other vehicles to quickly brake, Elk Valley RCMP Sgt. Will Thien said.

“A vehicle hauling a bunch of gravel came out of the Ready Mix area (Garrett Ready Mix Ltd. area),” Thien explained. “Somehow the trailer started to give way.”

Thien added that the trailer then fish tailed, causing vehicles in the opposite lane to quickly brake, including a tanker truck.

Thien said that an unconfirmed five vehicles were involved in the collision.

“There was no fuel leak or anything from the tanker,” he noted.

Due to the location of the accident, where there are no detours, traffic was backed up on Highway 3 for several hours.

“Unfortunately because of the location of the collision, it actually caused a four to five hour back log,” Thien said.



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