The eastbound lanes of Highway 16 were closed at Range Road 212 after a semi tractor-trailer full of beer and insulation collided with a minivan early Tuesday morning.

RCMP believe the 53-year-old Ardrossan man driving the minivan didn’t see the stop sign where the range road meets Highway 16.

He proceeded across Highway 16 where his van was t-boned by the eastbound semi-trailer. The trailer jack-knifed and flipped on its side blocking all the eastbound lanes.

RCMP Staff Sgt. Chris Narbonne believes the driver of the minivan likely didn’t see the truck in the fog.  

Both drivers sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries.

“It’s an absolute technical marvel that a tractor-trailer unit fully loaded was able to hit a van at a 90-degree angle like it did and sustain amazing damage but the injuries are all fairly minor,” Narbonne said.

RCMP opened one of the eastbound lanes of Highway 16 just before 10 a.m. with the other expected to open soon.