Quick thinking truck driver averts what could have been a very serious accident

A passing motorist snapped this camera phone photo of Monday's accident near Bonnington. — Submitted photo
A passing motorist snapped this camera phone photo of Monday's accident near Bonnington. — Submitted photo

Quick actions by a semi trailer driver averted what could have been a very serious accident on Highway 3A west of Nelson in the Bonnington area.

At approximately 11:53 a.m. Monday, Nelson RCMP received a call from BC Ambulance Service reporting that they had received a telephone call from a motorist that there was a semi truck in the ditch on Highway 3A.

RCMP members attended to find a semi truck with attached trailer, off road right, just west of South Slocan Village Road. 

It appears the semi-truck with attached trailer rounded a blind corner heading west bound on the highway only to see a car blocking the westbound lane. 

"The car had been traveling west bound on Highway 3A and 6, with the car having gone off road right colliding with the rock face causing the car to re-enter onto the highway and coming to a stop, blocking the west bound lane," said Constable Paul Gauthier of the Nelson RCMP.

"The semi-truck driver re-acted having steered the semi-truck off road right and avoided making contact with the car and averted a serious collision."

RCMP said the lone adult female driver of the car was transported to the Kootenay Lake Hospital by BC Ambulance Service with minor injuries.

The semi truck driver did not sustain any injuries.  

The road was closed down for some time and tied up commuter traffic while crews worked to remove the semi trailer and car from the highway.

Road conditions at the time of the collisions were snow/slush covered, typical of winter driving conditions associated to heavy snowfall.  

RCMP would like to remind motorists to adjust their driving speeds for winter road conditions and to ensure the use of adequate winter rated tires and or chains.

The Beasley Fire Department, Ministry of Transportation and Western Auto Wreckers also attended the accident scene.