Empty Cattle Hauler Cause of Highway 3 Delays on Wednesday

The empty cattle hauler that jack-knifed on Highway 3 around 1:00 pm on Thursday, July 10, 2019. (Supplied by Elk Valley RCMP)

Highway 3 experienced traffic delays on Wednesday after an empty cattle hauler jack-knifed across the road and struck a power pole.

According to police, both Elk Valley RCMP and East Kootenay RCMP Traffic Services responded to the call around 1:00 pm on Wednesday, July 10th that an empty cattle hauler had lost control and came to rest in the ditch.

Travelling eastbound on Highway 3 towards Alberta, the cattle hauler hit a power line and jack-knifed, blocking both lanes of traffic before RCMP and other authorities responded to open up a single lane.

"The driver of the cattle hauler was not seriously injured and was taken to the Sparwood Health Centre for medical treatment," said Elk Valley RCMP. "There were no other injuries or vehicles involved in the accident."

Elk Valley RCMP said alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the incident.

Besides the response from RCMP, the B.C. Ambulance Service, Sparwood Fire Department and BC Hydro also attended the scene on Wednesday, eventually opening both lanes of traffic.

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