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Drivers see red as wine truck crashes

Highway 1 near Hope has reopened after two semis collided littering the roadway with loads of pulp and wine.

The trucks collided two kilometres west of Hope about 9 p.m. Wednesday night.

According to police a 30-year-old Abbotsford man operating an eastbound Kenworth loaded with wine lost control of his rig and drove through the centre median of the highway.

The rig continued to cross over the westbound lanes when it broadsided a Freightliner semi-trailer loaded with pulp.

Neither the 57-year-old Delta man operating the Freightliner nor the Kenworth driver were injured in the crash.

"Both vehicles did sustain extensive damage with one semi's trailer ripped apart by the force of the collision," says Cpl Robert McDonald.

"Of course there was significant damage to the cargo."

Highway 1 was closed for about 10 hours overnight to allow for clean up. The route reopened at 7:15 a.m. Thursday.

The driver of the Kenworth has been charged with Driving Without Due Care and Attention.

Both vehicles are being examined by Commercial Vehicle Inspectors to determine their mechanical worthiness prior to the collision.

If you witnessed the crash and have not spoken with police you are asked to contact Cpl. Dave Ewert at the Fraser Valley Traffic Services office at 604-702-4039.

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