REPORTING · 5th February 2011
In what can only be called a freak accident, a Greyhound Bus collided with a falling chunk of ice as it was travelling to Prince Rupert from Terrace. The highway was closed shortly before 8:00 pm Friday evening after the RCMP and highways were notified of the incident.
This was a very serious accident where, it was reported by attendants at the scene, 5 people were taken to Hospital for observation. The RCMP and workers on site reported only the driver suffered injuries. There is no word on driver and passengers of the car travelling directly behind the bus, which collided with the trailer the Greyhound was towing. This vehicle sustained severe damage as well.
The accident occurred approximately 45 kilometers west of Terrace, past the railway crossing at the short section of sheer rock bluffs on the north side of the highway.
The highway was reopened to alternating traffic at 10:00 pm and the accident scene was cleared shortly before 11 pm.
The right front of this car is totalled where it collided with the trailer
Back of trailer where car collided. Note damage on the lower left side.
Bus being hooked up by the towing company staff
Ice debris left on the highway after the collision.
Not a Freak incident
Comment by DeanW on 5th February 2011
Ice falling from Carwash has happen before; one incident years ago killed a man when a large chunk of ice fell directly onto the vehicle while he and his girlfriend drove by.
Highways know about the problem but have done nothing; there could be a lawsuit forthcoming
We drove through last week seeing the broken pieces of ice on the road, and the piles pushed up around the corner by highways maintenance. Until something is done with this problem; it will continue to happen. I hope all involved are alright.