Highway 3 re-opened after fiery crash

A fiery vehicle crash on Highway 3, just west of Osoyoos, led to emergency crews also having to deal with a wildfire on Wednesday night.

  • Jul. 3, 2014 8:00 a.m.

A fiery vehicle crash on Highway 3, just west of Osoyoos, led to emergency crews also having to deal with a wildfire on Wednesday night.

“A transport truck impacted a loaded logging truck, igniting on impact,” said Const. Kris Clark. “The fire spread to the logging truck and then to the surrounding grassland, briefly threatening one residence. Local and forestry fire crews were able to extinguish the blaze before it could spread beyond control.”

The transport truck driver, a 46-year-old Kelowna man, suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries and was taken by air ambulance to Kelowna General Hospital for treatment. RCMP said no other injuries were reported.

Clark said analysis of the scene is ongoing to determine the factors in the crash but alcohol is not suspected.

Osoyoos RCMP responded to the collision between the two trucks on Highway 3 near Spotted Lake at 4:53 p.m. The highway was closed for several hours as emergency crews mitigated the fire and cleared the wreckage.