Crash closes highway between Kimberley and Marysville

Highway closed for half a day on Wednesday, June 12, after a vehicle crashed into a utility pole and broke it.

The highway between Marysville and Kimberley was closed for half a day on Wednesday, June 12, after a vehicle crashed into a utility pole and broke it.

According to an RCMP statement, at about 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning, a police officer came across the scene of the crash on Highway 95A, but there was no sign of the driver.

Witnesses told police that the driver of the vehicle had tried to pass several vehicles on a curve just south of Kimbrook. A vehicle approached in the opposing lane, so the driver tried to pull in but lost control. The vehicle went off the road to the right, where it clipped and broke a utility pole, then overturned. The driver got out and ran away from the scene of the crash, heading toward the bush near Forest Crown subdivision.

After two hours of tracking the driver, an RCMP police dog  found the 24-year-old man and he was arrested. He was charged with driving without due care and attention, no drivers’ license, and failure to remain at the scene of an accident.

RCMP said there was a passenger in the vehicle, but neither occupant was injured.

The highway was fully reopened about 3 p.m. after BC Hydro replaced the pole.