The crash temporarily closed the southbound lanes on Highway 5 between Shuswap Road and River Street.
“We would like to remind all drivers to obey traffic control personnel at all times, and to slow down while travelling through work areas,” the ministrys email statement reads.
“An Argo Road Crew was working in the southbound lane and had blocked the lane with numerous signs,” Kamloops RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says. “A tractor trailer travelling south rear-ended an Argo Crew Truck sending the truck over the bank with the driver inside.”
Both drivers were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, and the driver of the semi-truck was issued a violation ticket for driving without due care and attention.
“Kamloops RCMP asks all motorists to drive with caution at all times of the day,” Shelkie says. “Spring brings more work crews onto the highways and its important to be alert to signs redirecting traffic. Remember to slow down and move over into another lane when passing emergency vehicles and work crews.”
Police are urging drivers to be cautious when passing emergency vehicles and work crews after a crash in Kamloops late Monday sent two people to hospital.
Emergency crews were called to a stretch of Highway 5 near Sun Rivers just before midnight on Monday after an Argo work truck was rear-ended by a semi and sent into the ditch.
An Argo road crew was working in the southbound lane and had blocked the lane with numerous signs, RCMP Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said, noting the driver of the Argo truck was inside the vehicle at the time of the collision.
She said both the driver of the tractor-trailer and the driver in the Argo vehicle were taken to Royal Inland Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Spring brings more work crews onto the highways and its important to be alert to signs redirecting traffic. Remember to slow down and move over into another lane when passing emergency vehicles and work crews.