Authorities have charged a truck driver in connection with a pileup crash that shut down the Trans-Canada highway for hours earlier this month.

The crash occurred on July 15, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. on the Trans-Canada Highway west of Sicamous. Police say that six vehicles were involved.

RCMP describe the crash:

Police believe a westbound semi hauling a trailer loaded with grocery product crossed a double solid line, after the driver failed to safely negotiate a turn in the highway. Investigators observed heavy brake marks at the scene, approximately 50 meters in length, which began in the westbound lane of the highway and then crossed the double solid line into the oncoming lane.

The semi-tractor trailer unit then flipped onto its side and skidded down the highway for another 50 meters before it finally came to rest after striking an eastbound semi. The semi-truck and trailer also impacted three eastbound pickup trucks and one eastbound SUV causing extensive damage to the three pickups.

Four people, including the driver of the westbound semi truck, were taken to the hospital for treatment of non life-threatening injuries.

Police said that the truck driver was charged with crossing a double solid line.

Investigators say that impairment is not thought to be a factor but that speed may have contributed to the crash.

You can see dash cam video of the crash below.

Here's a dash cam video of my wreck by a guy following me. The video footage is of my truck and trailer getting smashed. Time to make changes to Commercial Vehicle Regulations and Training. A twinned national highway would seem appropriate as well. I'm very blessed to be alive.

Posted by Chad Willox on Saturday, July 18, 2020