Highway closed overnight after crash involving semi near Tsawassen Mills

Dec 14 2016, 7:10 pm

A crash Tuesday afternoon involving a semi-truck and four other vehicles caused a lengthy closure of Highway 17’s eastbound lane at 52nd Street and sent three people to hospital.

Now, the driver of the semi could be facing traffic infraction tickets as “we’ve had reports from several witnesses – as well as video footage – suggesting the [semi] truck ran a red light,” BC RCMP Traffic spokesperson Melissa Wutke told Daily Hive on Wednesday.

Wutke added she “wasn’t sure of all the logistics” of the crash, but that the driver of the semi-truck is “fully cooperating” with police.

Police attended to the crash at 3:53 pm Tuesday afternoon, and the stretch of road was not opened again until 6:30 am Wednesday morning.

The semi-truck, which had landed on its side, was fully loaded with frozen food, and had to be emptied before it could be moved off the road, Wutke explained. This process was the main reason why the highway was closed for so long.

The three people taken to hospital “as a precaution” after the crash have since been released.