Tractor trailer collision leads to impaired investigation

A tractor trailer rear ended a vehicle during the morning commute in Prince George today

A tractor trailer rear ended a vehicle during the morning commute in Prince George today. The driver of the tractor trailer is now facing impaired driving charges.

At 8:32 a.m., the Prince George RCMP received a report of a possible impaired driver following a collision between a tractor trailer and a small vehicle at the junction of Hwy. 16 and Hwy. 97 in Prince George.

Prince George RCMP Traffic Services, Prince George Fire and Rescue and the B.C. Ambulance Service all attended the scene.

The driver of the tractor trailer had driven away prior to the arrival of emergency services.

The tractor trailer was located a few minutes later on Queensway by members of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement branch.

Investigators believe that the tractor trailer was traveling North on Highway 97 and rear ended the 2002 Pontiac Sunfire which was stopped at the traffic lights at the intersection of Hwy. 16.

After providing his personal details, the driver of the tractor trailer drove away. The driver of the Sunfire noticed what was thought to be an odour of liquor on the truck driver’s breath. The driver and lone occupant of the Sunfire, was transported to the University Hospital of Northern B.C. with non-life threatening injuries. The truck driver was uninjured.

The driver of the tractor trailer, a 38 year old resident of Terrace B.C. was thought to be impaired by alcohol and was detained. He was transported back to the Prince George detachment where he provided two breath samples, each more than twice the legal limit.

Criminal Code charges of impaired driving and impaired over .08, are being recommended against the driver, who was released on a promise to appear for court on a later date.