Crash sparks wildfire

UPDATE 9:30 p.m.

DriveBC is reporting the Highway 33 has reopened to single lane alternating traffic. Motorists can expect delays of about 20 minutes.

UPDATE 5:20 p.m.

B.C. Wildfire information officer Karlie Shaughnessy says they have a seven person initial attack crew at the scene fighting the wildfire, which was caused by a collision between a lumber truck and car.

Air tankers have already laid a fire guard and are returning to base, to let a pair of helicopters take over. Another team of 10 firefighters is also on the way. 

Shaughnessy said the fire remains active, but is quite some distance from structures.

UPDATE 4:25 p.m.

The Midway RCMP has confirmed the highway will remain closed for an "undetermined" amount of time. The B.C. Wildfire Service is reportedly attacking the fire, which spread partly into the forest, with water bombers. 

ORIGINAL 3:15 p.m.

Highway 33 is closed about 5 km north of Westbridge due to a collision between a passenger vehicle and lumber truck.

Details are scarce, with the crash occurring outside of cell reception, but DriveBC notified of the road closure at 2:55 p.m. Witnesses say a car veered into the lane of the logging truck, sending it into the ditch where it burst into flames.

The witnesses say the truck driver is OK, but the woman remains trapped in her car in significant pain. Air ambulance has been dispatched to the scene.


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