A Smithers firefighter helps douse the fire from a semi truck that veered off Highway 16 and into Trout Creek 20 km west of Smithers

A Smithers firefighter helps douse the fire from a semi truck that veered off Highway 16 and into Trout Creek 20 km west of Smithers

Truck drives into Trout Creek

The driver of a truck that drove into Trout Creek and was destroyed by fire was able to walk away.

A truck driver is lucky to be alive after he drove his semi into Trout Creek about 20 kilometres north of Smithers Friday afternoon.

Smithers EMS and RCMP were called out to the fiery scene at about 2 p.m. Traffic along Highway 16 was stopped for about an hour as crews put out the blaze beside the bridge crossing the creek.

Debris from the truck was scattered from the highway through a gravel parking lot on the west side, leading to the truck hanging over the creek. A Telus pole carrying cables that service the area was splintered and on the ground. Telus workers were surveying the damage while smoke still billowed from where the truck’s cab used to be.

 

More updates will come as information is provided.