Category Archives: accidents

Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident near Balfour

March 6, 2017, West Kootenay Traffic Services

On March 5, 2017 a 30 year old male from Nelson was the driver of a Southbound single vehicle that drove off Highway 3A near Balfour, BC. The male was found deceased at the scene several hours after being reported missing by family.

The name of the deceased male is not being released at this time out of respect for the family
and until permission from the Coroner has been given. RCMP members of West Kootenay Traffic and Nelson Detachment in conjunction with the BC Coroner’s Service will be working together to determine the cause of the collision. At this point, road conditions do not appear to be a major contributing factor.

Sgt Chad Badry
West Kootenay Traffic and Integrated Road Safety Unit
Gendarmérie Royale du Canada Services Routiere du Kootenay Ouest

Traffic Fatality – Request for Witnesses

blue_red_lightbarJuly 20, 2016, Kootenay Boundary Region

West Kootenay Traffic Services are continuing to investigate a vehicle crash that occurred on July 14, 2016 on Highway 3b near Fruitvale. A 26 year old male died as a result of injuries sustained during the crash. Police are seeking information from anyone that may have witnessed the crash or saw the tractor trailer unit hauling scrap cars immediately preceding the crash. Anyone with information should contact Constable John Rennie at 250-354-5144 or West Kootenay Traffic Services at 250-354-5180.

Derailment at Pacific Abrasives

On Nov 20 an Omnitrax freight train experienced a derailment just outside the Pacific Abrasives fence where the tracks cross Carson Road. Though it was quite close by luckily the derailment did not obstruct the roadway. The freight train was traveling at a slow speed and only two freight cars fully loaded with lumber from Interfor were involved. Except for one bundle the whole load appears intact though what shape the bundles on the bottom side are remains to be seen.

This may affect the ability to ship slag out of the facility until the mess is cleared up, the track is inspected and any problems dealt with.  How long that will all take is unknown.

To view the last photos in the gallery you might want to dig out your red/blue 3D glasses.