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Semi fire on infamous Tranquille Valley road highlights dangers for residents

This transport truck caught fire on Tranquille-Criss Creek Road north of Kamloops early in the morning Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.
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January 20, 2021 - 5:34 PM

There was another vehicle incident on Tranquille-Criss Creek Road north of Kamloops overnight, a road that is particularly dangerous during winter driving conditions.

A photo was taken early this morning, Jan. 20, of a semi that had caught fire on the road and now crews are working to clear the road. No injuries have been reported.

Robert Grondberg, president of the Tranquille Valley Community Association, says it's been a particularly hard year because of the fluctuating temperatures causing slick ice build up.

"We've had over 70 cars go off the road this year, and a helicopter has had to come rescue drivers at least seven times," Grondberg said.

He said although the province hired contractors to improve the road last year that work was largely at the intersection where the road begins, but some of the most dangerous sections of the road are 16 kilometres and 27 km from that intersection.

Grondberg's community is home to just over 200 people and there now is a new subdivision under development. There are also other communities further up the road including Red Lake and Copper Creek.

These residents along with tourist traffic can make icy conditions more dangerous to navigate.

Tranquille-Criss Creek Road is managed by the Ministry of Transportation. No one from the ministry was immediately available for comment.

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