Investigation ongoing in fatal Elk Valley crash
The Elk Valley RCMP and East Kootenay Traffic Services are continuing their investigation of a collision between two tractor trailer units which occurred over a week ago. The incident has since been classified as a fatal collision as one of the drivers has since died, several days later after the crash.
On Feb 17, 2013 at around 6:30 p.m., Elk Valley RCMP and East Kootenay Traffic Services from Cranbrook responded to a collision involving two tractor trailer units travelling in opposite directions about 3 km west of Sparwood on Highway 3.
As result of the collision one of the two drivers was seriously injured and eventually succumbed to his injuries in hospital nine days after the crash. The driver of the Eastbound tractor was critically injured and was flown to Calgary Hospital at the time of the crash. On Tuesday evening, February 26, the critically injured man, a 62 yr old male from White Rock BC, passed away.
The driver of the Westbound truck, a 45 yr old male from California, was examined and released from hospital without injuries on the night of the crash. The investigation of the collision is still ongoing, with speed relative to the weather and road conditions appears to be a contributing factor.