Collision with elk near Wasa causes vehicle fire
Kimberley RCMP attended a report of a single vehicle collision with several elk around 7 a.m. this morning (Dec. 3) near Wasa.
Soon after the collision the vehicle caught fire and the highway was closed for a period of time as several small explosions could be heard coming from the vehicle.
The male driver, in his 50s, managed to get out safely and was treated by BC Ambulance Service.
The Fernie resident was then transported to East Kootenay Regional Hospital in Cranbrook as a precaution as he complained of a sore chest due to the deployment of the airbag.
The driver was the sole occupant of the vehicle.
The vehicle has been removed off the highway and is awaiting a tow truck to remove it from the scene, reported Sgt. Steve Woodcox, Kimberley RCMP Detachment commander.