Vehicle Swept Away as Natural Avalanche Hits Highway 1 Near Revelstoke, BC

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A car was swept up by a slide on Highway 1 near Revelstoke. Credit: Denise Kinney-Bodenham

A driver had a close call after their vehicle got swept away by a “small natural avalanche” on Highway 1, 46 km east of Revelstoke, BC Sunday afternoon.

Calgary resident Rob Thiessen was on the highway a few minutes before the slide happened and noticed the vehicle which was perched on the snow embankment.

“That car timed it just poorly or perfectly, depending on your perspective. It was right in the middle of the avalanche” he told CTV News. “It literally propped up right on top of six feet of snow, so everything came up from underneath it and just lifted it on to the top surface. Another 10 feet would’ve pushed it across the highway and he would’ve been down an embankment.”

The BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure said there were no injuries and highway crews were able to clear a path within the hour, allowing drivers to continue their journey.

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Highway 1 was closed for roughly an hour while crews cleaned up the small avalanche. Credit: Rob Thiessen

DriveBC noted avalanche control work was being done in that same area, between Greely Road and Jumping Creek Road, but the province said this work did not trigger the slide.

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