Signs over Highway 4 on Vancouver Island tell drivers to use caution. FILE PHOTO

Semi-trailer crash causes another road closure on Highway 4

BC Hydro repairs transmission line near Ucluelet Junction

The highway connecting Tofino and Ucluelet to the east coast of Vancouver Island has been closed or down to single lane traffic most of the day after a semi-trailer crashed into a telephone pole, taking down transmission lines that provide power to the west coast.

A semi-trailer took out a pole approximately 29 kilometres east of the Ucluelet Junction on Highway 4, leaving the lines hanging between two other poles, BC Hydro spokesperson Ted Olynyk said.

“We had to do major repairs. Fortunately we didn’t have to have a (power) outage,” he added.

Fire, two ambulances and police also attended the scene. The semi-trailer driver walked away from the incident.

READ: Driver ‘OK’ after semi-trailer crashes on Highway 4

The accident happened in the early-morning hours of Tuesday, Aug. 1, but Olynyk didn’t know when repairs began on the downed lines.

“It was tight working conditions so we had to take a road closure to finish repairs,” he said.

Olynyk said he wasn’t sure if the work was complete, as BC Hydro employees were in a remote site and it was difficult to reach them, however DriveBC was reporting at 2:15 p.m. that there is a 30-minute delay.

This was the third time in two months that accidents have caused closures on Highway 4 between Port Alberni and the wet coast communities of Tofino and Ucluelet.

READ: Highway 4 reopens

READ: Tanker truck flips on Highway 4

editor@albernivalleynews.com

Just Posted

Kiosk designed to help residents, visitors of Parksville Qualicum Beach

Parksville chamber hopes this to be first of many

Site C dam goes ahead, cost estimate now up to $10.7 billion

Premier John Horgan says Christy Clark left him no other choice

Corfield Street construction starts in Parksville

Crews will avoid shopping centre disruptions during Christmas

Intersection cleared after two-car accident in downtown Parksville

Incident was at intersection of Highway 19A and Highway 4A

Liberal Hogg wins South Surrey-White Rock byelection over Conservative Findlay

B.C. riding to be represented by non-conservative for first time in decades

Police continue to seek missing Qualicum Beach woman

Oceanside RCMP requesting public assistance in locating Carmel Georgina Gilmour

Six-year-old boy needs $19,000 a month to treat rare form of arthritis

Mother of sick Sooke boy asks government to help fund treatments

Environmental groups slam NDP decision to continue with Site C

Construction industry, meanwhile, is cautiously optimistic about how the project will look

PHOTOS: Lights, Santa, magic!

Lots to see at Milner Christmas Magic in Qualicum Beach

Be ladder safe both at work and home

WorkSafeBC wants you to keep safe while hanging those Christmas lights this year

PHOTOS: Lasers make for wild nightscape at NIWRA

Event continues on various evenings until Dec. 23

Most Read