Truck driver charged following crash near Hope

Collision Wednesday night shut down traffic on Highway 1 for more than 10 hours

An Abbotsford truck driver has been charged following a crash on Highway 1 near Hope that resulted in cargos of wine and pulp being strewn across the freeway.

An Abbotsford truck driver has been charged following a crash Wednesday night between two semis on Highway 1 two kilometres west of Hope.

The collision took place at about 9 p.m., shutting down traffic for more than 10 hours and strewing cargos of pulp and wine all over the highway.

RCMP Cpl. Robert McDonald said a 30-year-old Abbotsford man was driving a Kenworth semi-trailer, loaded with wine, east on Highway 1 when he lost control of the vehicle and drove through the centre median.

McDonald said the truck crossed westbound lanes and was struck broadside by a Freightliner semi-trailer loaded with pulp and driven by a 57-year-old Delta man.

Neither driver was injured, but both vehicles sustained extensive damage, with one semi’s trailer ripped apart.

The driver of the Kenworth has been charged with driving without due care and attention, and both vehicles are being examined by commercial vehicle inspectors to determine whether any mechanical issues were involved, McDonald said.

Anyone who witnessed the collision and has not yet spoken to police is asked to contact Cpl. Dave Ewert at the Fraser Valley Traffic Services office at 604-702-4039.

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