Police continue to investigate the cause of a single vehicle accident that took place the afternoon of Monday, Dec. 22 on Highway 99, south of Lillooet.
A man driving northbound in a tractor with two RVs in tow lost control “for unknown reasons” and collided with roadside barriers and a bridge over Cayoosh Creek, Lillooet RCMP said in a release. The tractor tumbled into the creek while the flat deck trailer remained suspended from the bridge.
Lillooet rescue crews and RCMP attended and learned that the driver was trapped in the tractor. He was quickly extricated from the vehicle and transported to Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries. RCMP continues to investigate the accident and noted that speed may have been a factor in the winter conditions.
The road remains closed at the time of writing as the Cayoosh Creek bridge sustained notable damage. The Ministry of Transportation is on scene assessing the condition of the bridge.
Anyone planning to travel on Highway 99 between Lillooet and Pemberton is advised to check www.drivebc.ca for up-to-date information on the status of the road.
Accident near Blueberry snarls traffic on Sea to Sky Highway
Another accident took place Monday evening that brought Highway 99 to a standstill in Whistler.
Just after 7 p.m., Whistler RCMP received a call that an ambulance travelling north on the highway near Blueberry Drive was involved in an accident after the wheel came off a commercial vehicle and struck a southbound car. The ambulance was struck by a driver in another vehicle trying to avoid the collision.
“(The driver) slowed down and knew he couldn’t do much about it besides stop,” said Staff Sgt. Steve LeClair.
No major injuries were reported in the multi-car collision, LeClair said, and the ambulance sustained only minor damage.
Police on the scene were able to open the highway to single-lane alternating traffic shortly after the crash.