On November 26 at 4:30pm, the Clinton RCMP responded to a two-vehicle head-on collision on Highway 97 at Big Bar Hill near the rest area. A snow-covered highway and thick fog were deemed to be contributing factors in this collision Wednesday afternoon.
Apparently, a semi truck with a full load of lumber was travelling slowly in the southbound lanes when a northbound car lost control in the loose snow on the highway and impacted the semi head-on. The force of the collision sent the small car over a 25 foot embankment and the driver had to be extricated by the fire department. The man was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Visibility was very poor due to thick fog and the highway was closed for some time, later changing to alternating traffic until the crash was cleared.
The RCMP always recommends the use of winter tires and to drive to the conditions.