Drugs found in semi involved in fatal crash east of Revelstoke this morning

Traffic is backed up on Highway 1 following a fatal crash this morning, Nov. 17.
Image Credit: Drive B.C.

REVELSTOKE - One person is dead, Highway 1 between Golden and Revelstoke is closed and a drug trafficking investigation is underway after two commercial trucks collided early this morning, Nov. 17.

Police say the cause of the crash is being investigated though compact snow with slippery sections and limited visibility with blowing snow was being reported on the highway this morning.

According to the Revelstoke RCMP, the man travelling in the eastbound tractor trailer died. Two males, one from each truck, were taken to hospitals either in Kamloops or Kelowna with serious injuries.

While officers were investigating the crash, they discovered 160 pounds of marijuana in one of the vehicles’ power unit, Staff Sgt. Kurt Grabinsky of the Revelstoke RCMP says in a media release. Grabinsky says the drug was being transported east on the Trans-Canada Highway.

A coroner from the B.C. Coroners Service and an RCMP traffic analyst are on the scene.

According to Drive B.C., eastbound lanes are expected to open around 4:30 p.m. while west-bound lanes may be open at 5:30 p.m. Current road closures can be found on the Drive B.C. website.

Road conditions are heavy snow, slippery sections and limited visibility according to the RCMP.

The scene of the crash.
The scene of the crash.
Image Credit: Drive B.C.

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