Quesnel RCMP investigating hit and run on Quesnel River Bridge

The Quesnel River Bridge is now reduced to single lane alternating traffic after a motor vehicle incident forced the bridge’s closure just before noon on Monday, July 13. (Sasha Sefter - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)The Quesnel River Bridge is now reduced to single lane alternating traffic after a motor vehicle incident forced the bridge’s closure just before noon on Monday, July 13. (Sasha Sefter - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
The Quesnel River Bridge is now reduced to single lane alternating traffic after a motor vehicle incident forced the bridge’s closure just before noon on Monday, July 13. (Sasha Sefter - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)The Quesnel River Bridge is now reduced to single lane alternating traffic after a motor vehicle incident forced the bridge’s closure just before noon on Monday, July 13. (Sasha Sefter - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Quesnel RCMP are investigating a hit and run that occurred around noon Monday on the Quesnel River Bridge on Highway 97.

RCMP Staff Sgt. Richard Weseen said a northbound, blue, Peterbilt semitruck clipped the rails of the bridge causing extensive damage where, after, the driver fled the scene.

“Witnesses provided a plate of the vehicle and we’ve been in contact and members are speaking with him [the driver] now,” Weseen said.

“The driver did not stop [after the collision].”

As of Tuesday, DriveBC said motorists should expect 20 minute delays and single lane alternating traffic from Monday to Thursday and on weekends as repair work is underway.

Emcon Services Inc. arrived at the bridge Monday to conduct flag work and an assessment to address the damage.

The incident, initially, forced the bridge’s closure in both directions for about an hour as crews arrived on scene.

READ MORE: Bridge maintenance on Quesnel River Bridge



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