A semi loaded with vehicles left the road and crashed into the front yard of a home in Kamloops early this morning.

Officers were called at around 4:20 a.m. today, Oct. 18, to Columbia Street between 12 and 13 Avenue after the semi left the road and ended up in a front yard hitting a number of other vehicles on the street.

RCMP said in a media release the driver took off after the crash but was located and arrested.

“Miraculously, no one was injured despite the damage that occurred in the area,” Kamloops RCMP media relations officer Cpl. Crystal Evelyn said in the release.

The truck careened into four vehicles that were parked on the street. Three were forced off the road and were later towed away, while the fourth sustained some front end damage but remained at the scene.

“A portion of Columbia Street remains closed for the time being as police conduct a criminal investigation with the assistance of Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement, and ensure the roadway is clear for safe travel.”

Flag people are out directing traffic through the area.

The homeowner, who did not give his name, was frustrated as he just moved back in and finished landscaping after a fire destroyed the home last year.

He added that neighbours in the area are fearful that drivers on Columbia Street are often going too fast, including commercial trucks, and the road needs more traffic calming measures before people get hurt or killed.

A large tow truck is travelling from Kelowna to remove the car carrier, according to a bylaw officer at the scene.

Police are asking anyone in the area with security or dash cam footage that may have captured this morning’s events, or anyone who witnessed the incident and has not yet spoken with officers, to contact the Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 and reference file 2022-37339.

— This story was updated at 10:07 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, with comments from the homeowner and a Community Service (bylaw) officer.

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