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Man fined after crashing truck/trailer over embankment

\Photo courtesy Trail RCMP

On Oct. 6 at 10:30 a.m., frontline Trail and Greater District RCMP, BC Highway Patrol officers. Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue, and EHS attended an incident where a truck and trailer that had left the roadway and crashed down a steep embankment on the side of Hwy 3B near the Paulson Bridge, near Rossland. The incident was not been reported to any of the local emergency services. The truck and trailer were checked by emergency service personnel to verify that there was no one left inside either vehicle.

While emergency services were on scene, driver of the truck and trailer arrived on scene. The driver, a 35-year-old Sault Ste. Marie man, stated that he had fallen asleep while driving, hit a barricade, then drove off the side of the road without braking. The man managed to crawl out from the vehicle wreckage then make his way to Christina Lake to contact a family member.

The man was issued a number of violation tickets including a $368 fine for Driving without Due Care contrary to Section 144(1)(a) of the BC Motor Vehicle Act.