Alleged impaired driver arrested after rush hour crash that closed part of Hwy 1

Jan 8 2021, 6:28 pm

A man has been arrested in relation to a rush hour crash that snarled traffic across the Lower Mainland.

On Friday morning, part of Highway 1 in North Vancouver was closed due to an accident at the Fell Street overpass. RCMP say that a transport truck was travelling westbound when it “left the roadway and collided with the support structure of the overpass.”

The driver was taken to the hospital but, fortunately, was not seriously injured.

The crash, which occurred shortly after 4 am, caused a closure that lasted multiple hours. Part of the overpass was damaged as a result of the incident and had to be inspected by engineers before reopening. Additional measures were also needed to ensure that road conditions were safe.

“Engineers subsequently deemed the overpass to be structurally safe, and the crash was cleared; however, a fuel spill from the crash left the roadway very slick and dangerous,” explains Sgt. Peter DeVries, North Vancouver RCMP.

“A significant amount of absorbent sand product was required and had to be called to the scene, causing further delays.”

DeVries says that the driver, a 47-year-old resident from Surrey, has been arrested for Driving While Impaired and Driving While Prohibited.

The investigation is ongoing, and the highway reopened to traffic just before 10 am.

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