An empty logging truck sits submerged in the Penticton channel Tuesday morning after the driver took out the guard rail along Highway 97 and Skaha Lake Road. (Brennan Phillips Western News)

An empty logging truck sits submerged in the Penticton channel Tuesday morning after the driver took out the guard rail along Highway 97 and Skaha Lake Road. (Brennan Phillips Western News)

Logging truck jumps guardrail, submerged in Penticton channel

Lights at Channel Parkway and Skaha Lake Rd. were also damaged, expect traffic delays

An early-morning collision has caused significant damage to the Penticton channel bridge guardrail on Shaka Lake Road, at the end of Channel Parkway. Traffic will be impacted in the area as repairs are underway.

At 1:30 a.m., Penticton RCMP responded to a single vehicle collision at the end of Channel Parkway at Skaha Lake Road. A logging truck breached the bridge’s guardrail and became submerged in the water below. There were no injuries and alcohol and speed did not play a role in the collision, said police.

“We want to alert drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians that the guardrail has been seriously damaged on the south-side of the bridge,” said Const. Dayne Lyons, Penticton RCMP media liaison. “The traffic lights have also been damaged and are flashing red as a result. Please follow 4-way stop rules at this intersection.”

The truck remains submerged in the channel while the Provincial Government conducts their transportation and environmental related investigations.

“The intersection will see various levels of disruption throughout the day as bridge and traffic lights are repaired, and as the logging truck is investigated and removed,” Lyons said. “Please follow the directions of flaggers and pay extra care when travelling through the intersection.”

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