On Saturday, Nov. 18, at 7:24 p.m. a frontline Trail and Greater District RCMP officer responded to a report of a significant rock slide south of the Nancy Greene Junction on Highway 3B, near Rossland.
The rock slide blocked both sides of the highway and was impassable to vehicle traffic.
The officer contacted the local highway maintenance company who reported that the slide would be cleared in the morning.
Traffic control employees managed the site overnight.
While the officer was on scene, he was informed by one unfortunate driver that the driver had crashed his truck into the slide rock pile.
A rock slide between Rossland and the Nancy Greene junction shutdown the highway in both directions over the weekend.
DriveBC first posted Saturday night that Highway 3B was closed in both directions for 28 kilometres (km) between the west junction of Highway 22 and Highway 3: from Rossland to eight km north of the Nancy Greene Summit, known as the Strawberry Pass.
Once cleared of debris, the highway reopened Sunday around noon.
During the shutdown, the alternate route was via Highway 22 and Highway 3 through Castlegar.
A commuter told the Times the drive along the alternate route and until Grand Forks was extremely slow going due to snow, ice and traffic.