Fiery double semi truck crash sparks wildfire in Okanagan

Two semi-trailer trucks came together in a fiery crash on B.C. Highway 3 in the Okanagan Wednesday, injuring one driver and sparking a wildfire on the side of the road.

Kelowna RCMP says according to initial reports, crash happened as one semi attempted to pass other

Two semi trucks caught fire after colliding on Highway 3 near Osoyoos Wednesday afternoon. (Courtesy Castanet.net)

Two semi-trailer trucks came together in a fiery crash on B.C. Highway 3 in the Okanagan Wednesday, injuring one driver and sparking a wildfire on the side of the road.

Kelowna RCMP ConstKris Clark said the collision happened shortly before 5 p.m. PT approximately nine kilometres west of Osoyoos, near Spotted Lake.

Clark said it appears one semi-truck with trailer was passing another, and may have sideswiped it in the process.

Both vehicles were engulfed in flames after the impact. One driver got out and away without injury, but the other driver had to be rescued and was airlifted to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The fire from the crash quickly spread to dry grass at the side of the road, sparking a wildfire that crews struggled to contain. (Courtesy Castanet.net)

Flames from the crash started a ground fire, which spread quickly in the dry grass on the highway's shoulder.

Forestry officials arrived on scene and began conducting aerial operations in an effort to contain the blaze and stop it from spreading to a nearby house, Clark said.

The highway was closed in both directions for several hours, and Drive B.C. announced  just after 8:30 p.m. PT that the highway had reopened to single-lane alternating traffic.

Police say that, according to initial reports, one truck was attempting to pass the other just before the crash. (Courtesy Castanet.net)

 

With files from the CBC's Dana Kelly