Passenger cars and several vehicles hauling trailers were involved in a second crash (Photo: Sam Lattanzio)

Nine-vehicle pileup closes Highway 3 near Castlegar

Two separate incidents on slushy highway; reports of injuries

A massive multi-vehicle pileup on Highway 3 just west of Castlegar had police and emergency responders busy during the first blast of winter weather on Friday.

The main route west from the city was closed for several hours while crews tried to clear up the mess.

Fire chief Sam Lattanzio said fire crews received a call at about 10:15 a.m. that nine vehicles in two separate groups were involved in multi-vehicle collisions near Crestview Crescent and 14th Avenue, just west of the Cozy Pines Motel.

The first group involved three semi-trucks and one five-ton delivery truck. The second group lower down the highway involved a total of five vehicles, including three passenger vehicles and two trucks pulling trailers.

Lattanzio said some passengers in one of the vehicles were injured and attended to by BC Ambulance Service on the scene. The nature and scope of the injuries is not available at this time.

The highway was closed until about mid-afternoon.

 

The scene at one of the accidents Friday morning. (Photo: DriveBC /Jamie Rye)

Just Posted

Help clean Castlegar during Pitch-in week

Volunteers across the country will be tidying up April 22-29.

Merry Creek Trail to see improvements

Columbia Basin Trust supplies $484,000 for 29 trail projects around the Basin.

Rural dividend grants awarded in Kootenay West

Kootenay West MLA Katrine Conroy made the grant announcements in Trail on Thursday

Castlegar Realtor honoured for achievements

Re/Max recognized Castlegar and Grand Forks realtor Lorene MacGregor

Castlegar gymnasts vault into competition

Selkirk Challengers Gymnastics Club attended the BC Artistic Compulsory Gymnastics Championships.

Parliament Hill 4-20 organizers predict record crowd after legalization

A celebration? Yes, but organizers say concerns remain about the government’s decisions on legalization rollout

$6K raised in one day’s time for family of woman gunned down in Penticton

GoFundMe launched for family of Darlene Knippelberg, to pay for funeral costs and other expenses

Seven tips to travel safely this Easter long weekend

An average of three people are killed, and hundreds more injured, each Easter long weekend in B.C.

GORD TURNER: Accidental treasure hunt for books pays rewards

You never know what treasures you might discover on a book shelf

Parents say Austrian climber missing in Banff National Park ‘lived his dream’

David Lama, Hansjorg Auer and American climber Jess Roskelley have been missing since Wednesday

Six months after legalization, high prices and supply issues boost illicit pot market

It has been six months since Canada became the first industrialized country to legalize recreational cannabis

Seattle’s 4-20 ‘protestival’ enjoys tolerance, some support – and B.C. could do the same

Seattle’s Hempfest a large-scale occasions with vendors, prominent musical acts and thousands of attendees

B.C. mountain biker sent home from hospital twice, despite broken vertebrae

Released in Maple Ridge to go home with three fractured vertebrae

Deck collapses in Langley during celebration, multiple people injured

Emergency responders rushed to the Langley home

Most Read