Trio safe, but truck lost, after frightening slide off Syringa road

Sunday sightseeing tour near Castlegar turns into near-fatal fall

Two men visiting Castlegar got more than they bargained for when their friend offered to take them sightseeing on the weekend.

The trio are lucky to be alive after the truck they were in veered off a back-country road and ended up in Arrow Lake near Syringa Park.

RCMP Sgt. Darren Oelke says police received a call Sunday afternoon that a truck was in the lake, after falling several hundred feet off the Deer Park Forest Service Road.

“After the bridge on that road, it’s very windy and steep,” says Oelke. “They hit a rock on the right-hand side of the road. It shot them over to the left-hand side and over the bank.”

The truck started tumbling down the cliffside, with the men inside. Then they caught a lucky break.

“They hit a rock, and it wasn’t quite as steep, and they managed to bail out,” he says. “The vehicle continued into Arrow Lake.

“It’s got to be 200 feet or more down to the water there, they were at the highest spot.”

The men weren’t seriously injured in the accident.

Oelke says there are always rocks on the roads there, especially this time of year with the spring freeze-thaw cycle.

The vehicle, a 2018 Dodge Ram, may be retrievable from the lake, Oelke says.

“This one can be seen from the road, and you can see the white of the vehicle,” he says. “So as long as it stays there they may be able to find it and get it out.”

Just Posted

Waste not: Trail brewery leftovers feed the local food chain

Spent grains from the Trail Beer Refinery are donated to local farmers and growers, none go to waste

First-round sweeps highlight world of hockey oddities

Sports ‘n’ Things with Dave Thompson

Rural dividend grants awarded in Kootenay West

Kootenay West MLA Katrine Conroy made the grant announcements in Trail on Thursday

44 Engineer Squadron welcomes new commander

Trail Armoury welcomes Major Nils French, a Rossland native

Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday at Trail mall

Grapevine: List of events in the Trail area for the week of April 18 to April 24

VIDEO: Alberta man creates world’s biggest caricature

Dean Foster is trying to break the world record for a radio show contest

Should B.C. lower speed limits on side roads to 30 km/h?

Vancouver city councillor wants to decrease speed limits along neighbourhood side roads

Lawsuit eyed over union-only raise for B.C. community care workers

‘Low-wage redress’ leaves 17,000 employees out, employers say

Landlord of alleged Okanagan shooter recounts deadly day

Tony Friesen was working in one of the units of his Penticton building when he heard shots

Foreign national arrested in connection to thefts at YVR

A woman, 60, is being held in police custody as Richmond RCMP investigate

Police pursue pesky porker on Vancouver Island

‘This was allegedly not the pig’s first escape’

Westjet tries again to dismiss proposed class-action lawsuit alleging discrimination

Former flight attendant claims airline broke contractual promise to create harassment-free workplace

Man airlifted to hospital after apparent hunting incident in East Kootenay

The man was in stable condition when he was flown out of Fairmont Hot Springs to a Calgary hospital

Police probe eight fires set at B.C. elementary school

Nanaimo RCMP say fires appear to have been set intentionally

Most Read