NEWS RELEASE · 9th January 2013
A 38 yr old man from Terrace is dead as a result of a crash involving three tractor trailer units yesterday morning. The man was originally from the Port Simpson area.
Prince Rupert RCMP attended the scene assisted by the Terrace RCMP and the Terrace and Prince Rupert Fire and Rescue.
The accident occurred on Highway 16 approximately 70 kilometers east of Prince Rupert at 10:30 AM.
Investigation has determined that a west bound semi jackknifed causing an east bound semi to crash into it. A third semi that was west bound was unable to stop and crashed into the two.
The driver of the east bound semi was trapped and the Jaws were used to extract him. Air Ambulance transported the man to Prince Rupert Hospital where he died as a result of the injuries he sustained. The other two drivers were transported to Mills Memorial Hospital by BC Ambulance for treatment of injuries received.
" It was snowing and road conditions were poor. These were contributing factors. The cause of the accident is still under investigation, " says Sgt Pam Scott, NCO i/c West Pacific Region Traffic Services.""
Highway 16 was opened to single alternating traffic at approximately 8 PM last night and remains at this status for the ongoing investigation and removal of the trucks.