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Four dead after crash involving semi-trailer carrying timber in B.C.'s West Kootenays

NEW DENVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA — Mounties in British Columbia's West Kootenay region say four people are dead after a crash that closed a stretch of Highway 6 for 11 hours. Slocan Lake RCMP say it happened south of Nakusp at about 5:50 p.m.
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Mounties in British Columbia's West Kootenay region say four people are dead after a crash that closed a stretch of Highway 6 for 11 hours Friday night. The RCMP logo is seen outside Royal 91ԭ Mounted Police "E" Division Headquarters, in Surrey, B.C., on Friday April 13, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

NEW DENVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA — Mounties in British Columbia's West Kootenay region say four people are dead after a crash that closed a stretch of Highway 6 for 11 hours.

Slocan Lake RCMP say it happened south of Nakusp at about 5:50 p.m. on Friday, when a passenger truck crossed the centre line while a semi-trailer was approaching in the oncoming lane.

RCMP say the semi driver tried to avoid the crash, but his trailer hit the ditch, causing the rig to flip and scatter its 45-tonne load of timber over the highway.

They say part of the load hit the passenger truck, killing all four people inside.

Cpl. James Grandy says the four killed were from Nelson, about 115 kilometres south of the crash site.

RCMP say witnesses managed to rescue the driver of the overturned semi and he was taken to hospital with minor injures, while his vehicle was destroyed by fire.

This report by The 91ԭ Press was first published July 8, 2024.

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