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Fatal crash in Trail involving a single commercial vehicle

Photo courtesy Trail RCMP.

A Salmo man is dead after his tractor-trailerrolled down a steep embankment, according to Trail RCMP Sgt. Mike Wicentowich.

"On July 29, at 6:16 p.m., Trail and Greater District RCMP responded to a single motor vehicle collision on Hwy 3B in Trail," Wicentowich said. "A tractor-trailer unit was travelling westbound in the 60 km/hr zone in the 1900-block of Hwy 3B when it suddenly veered across the oncoming lane and over the steep roadside bank while narrowly avoiding the concrete barricade. The unit came to rest on its side on the bank.

"Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue responded to the scene and extracted the 52-year-old driver from the cab of the truck. KBRFR and emergency paramedics with BC Emergency Health Services attempted to revive the driver while transporting him to local hospital. Sadly, their resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful as he was pronounced deceased.

"Trail RCMP has notified the BC Coroner Service who has launched its owner concurrent fact-finding investigation into the man’s death. Due to the deceased’s privacy, as per the Coroners Act, his name will not be released publicly.

Today, an environmental service extracted the fuel from the tractor-trailer unit and it is expected that a specialized tow truck will extract the wreckage today from the crash site. Emergency crews with both Trail RCMP and the Kootenay Boundary Fire Rescue are at the location overseeing the extraction operation..