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Collision sends thousands of litres of wine onto B.C. highway

Cleanup took 10 hours after truck crossed median on Trans-Canada Highway near Hope, B.C.

HOPE, B.C.—Traffic was corked for hours on the Trans-Canada Highway west of Hope, B.C., after a semi loaded with bottles of wine collided with another truck.

Pulp from the second vehicle also littered Highway 1, which reopened Jan. 9 after 10 hours of cleanup.

RCMP say a 30-year-old Abbotsford man lost control of his vehicle full of wine and drove across the centre median, hitting the other semi being driven by a 57-year-old Delta, B.C., man.

Cpl. Robert McDonald with RCMP Traffic Services says neither man was hurt but one of the semi-trailers was ripped apart in the force of the collision.

He says the Abbotsford man has been charged with driving without due care and attention and both vehicles are being examined to determine if there were any mechanical problems before the crash.

Police are asking any witnesses to call them with details about the wine-and-pulp spill.

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