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Bridge guardrail saves driver from plunge into icy river

The truck wiped out a long section of guardrail on the Albert Canyon Bridge before coming to a rest on its side in the middle. The green items on the bridge are the truck
The truck wiped out a long section of guardrail on the Albert Canyon Bridge before coming to a rest on its side in the middle. The green items on the bridge are the truck's cargo — pop bottles.
— image credit: RCMP photo

The driver of a tractor-trailer narrowly avoided a plunge off the Albert Canyon Bridge when the bridge's guardrail snagged his out-of-control truck at the last moment.

Revelstoke RCMP responded to the incident that occurred on the Trans-Canada about 35-kilometres east of Revelstoke at about 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13.

RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Thomas Blakney said the driver lost control of the westbound truck and struck a cement guardrail, then the metal guardrail on the bridge.

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PHOTO: Another view of the crash on the Albert Canyon Bridge on the morning of Feb. 13.

The truck plowed through what appears to be over 20 metres of guardrail, completely destroying it.

The force of the collision rolled the truck onto it side. The truck was hauling pop bottles and several of them spilled onto the road.

The driver received minor injuries to his hand but declined medical help.

There was no harm to the environment, Blakney said.

At the time, conditions were described as light snow with sleet on a salted and sanded road.

Traffic is alternating at the location while the rail is being fixed.

The driver was charged with operating a vehicle where one of the tires had inadequate tread depth, the RCMP said in a statement.

 

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