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A dump truck towing a trailer carrying a large excavator flipped onto its side this morning shortly before 7 a.m., five kilometres east of Christina Lake on Highway 3.
The dump truck stayed on all fours, however the trailer jackknifed and rolled as the dumb truck failed to navigate the highway.
“The excavator didn’t come loose from the trailer … however, laying on its side, (the trailer and excavator) block(ed) one lane of traffic,” said Grand Forks RCMP’s Staff Sgt. Jim Harrison.
“We strongly believe that speed and perhaps a mechanical condition might be involved as a cause of the accident,” he said. “The tractor trailer was owned and operated by Simm Excavating out of Castlegar.”
Emcon Services attended the scene to direct single alternating traffic around the accident.
The rollover was cleared and both lanes of traffic were opened up along Highway 3 at approximately 11 a.m.
The RCMP’s investigation was assisted by the Ministry of Transportations Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement.
No other vehicles were involved in the accident and the driver was unharmed.