Wine spill shuts down B.C.'s Trans-Canada Hwy. for 10 hours
Darcy Wintonyk, CTV British Columbia
Published Thursday, January 9, 2014 11:24AM PST
Last Updated Thursday, January 9, 2014 1:02PM PST
It’s an accident that may prompt wine lovers to shed a few tears into their cabernet.
The Trans-Canada Hwy in B.C. was shut down for more than 10 hours after two semi-trucks packed with pulp and thousands of bottles of wine collided and spilled their load.
Initial investigation results reveal that a 30-year-old man driving a semi-truck loaded with crates of wine lost control around 9 p.m. Wednesday just west of Hope and drove through the centre median.
The wine-laden truck was then struck by a westbound semi-trailer loaded with pulp. Neither driver was injured.
"However, both vehicles sustained extensive damage, with one semi's trailer ripped apart by the force of the collision. And of course there was significant damage to the cargo,” said Cpl. Robert McDonald of RCMP Traffic Services.
It took 10 hours to clean up the broken glass and liquid on the road.
The driver of the truck carrying wine has been charged with driving without due care and attention. Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call police.