Two motorists dead in collision with “Super B” truck on Hwy 1
VANCOUVER, B.C. – Two men were killed when their vehicles collided on Hwy 1 with a Super B commercial train truck which overturned and slid into the oncoming lane north of Spences Bridge.
The collision occurred at about 11:30 a.m. on Monday at the Kingsway corner area of Hwy 1, between Spences Bridge and Ashcroft. Traffic investigators and the local fire department closed the highway which was reopened at 7:30 p.m.
The driver of a 2005 CMC Jimmy SUV, 31-year-old Clifton Noiles of Delta, BC. was killed instantly.
The second victim was 53- year-old Glen Joynt of Terrace, BC , the driver of 2003 Chevrolet Impala. His 14 and 18 year-old sons sustained minor injuries. They managed to free themselves minutes before the car burst into flames, but were unable to remove their unconscious father, trapped in the wrecked vehicle.
The 30-year-old driver of the super B, a 1997 Blue Peterbilt truck, from Quesnel, sustained minor injuries to his knee.
BC Air Ambulance air-lifted the injured men to hospital.
Preliminary findings indicate that the driver of the Super B commercial truck loaded with hay lost control in a moderate curve, tipped onto its side and slid across the centerline. The two tandem trailers with their cargo crashed into two passenger vehicles from the opposite direction, and shoved them into the roadside concrete no post barrier.
Police suspect that the collision may have been caused by the driver of the Super B truck through fast and careless driving. The RCMP Central Interior Traffic Services and BC Coroners Services are now waiting for a mechanical inspection report for the tractor unit to be completed before continuing their investigations.
The RCMP Victim Services personnel are providing assistance and support to the families of the dead men.