A truck is turned over next to the Three Valley Gap Thursday morning.

A truck is turned over next to the Three Valley Gap Thursday morning.

Update: Eight injured in series of crashes on Trans-Canada Highway west of Revelstoke

Eight people taken to hospital with minor injuries following series of crashes on the Trans-Canada west of Revelstoke Thursday morning.

Eight people were taken to hospital with minor injuries following a series of crashes on the Trans-Canada Highway west of Revelstoke Thursday morning, RCMP said.

It appears the first crash happened near the Enchanted Forest sometime around 8 a.m. Two people were involved in that the and taken to Queen Victoria Hospital as a precaution.

Most of the chaos happened at Three Valley Gap. First, a westbound semi-truck lost control and flipped onto its passenger side on the westbound shoulder of the highway. The trailer broke loose, slid down the embankment and crashed into a car that had pulled onto the Three Valley Gap Frontage Road before the crash.

The driver of the semi was injured and taken to Queen Victoria Hospital. The father and his two young children in the car were not injured but were taken to hospital as a precaution.

Meanwhile, an ambulance that was on the way to the first crash at the Enchanted Forest stopped at the scene at Three Valley Gap, where it was clipped by another westbound semi-truck.

A paramedic and the driver of the semi both suffered minor injuries and were taken to Queen Victoria Hospital.

The crashes closed the highway eight kilometres west of Revelstoke to 40 kilometres west of Revelstoke. It re-opened at around 9:45 a.m.

There is no word yet on the cause of the accidents, though DriveBC is reporting slushy and slippery conditions west of Revelstoke.

The RCMP continues to investigate the crashes.

 

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