North Vancouver RCMP say the truck driver who struck the Main Street overpass with an overheight load, closing Highway 1 for several hours Tuesday night, fled on foot and remains unaccounted for.
The incident happened in the eastbound lanes just north of the Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing around 7 p.m. The truck appears to have been carrying a large piece of industrial equipment.
Police arrived on the scene quickly but found the wreck abandoned.
“At this point the driver is still outstanding and his identity remains unknown,” said Const. Mansoor Sahak of the North Vancouver RCMP. “Police have followed up with the owner of the transport truck and have issued them a violation ticket for fail to remain at the scene of accident.”
It took more than eight hours for crews to clear the truck and flat deck trailer from the scene and for structural engineers to inspect the overpass for damage and deem it safe.
The investigation remains open and North Vancouver RCMP are working with Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement.
⛔️#BCHwy1 CLOSED eastbound at Main St overpass #NorthVan due to a truck hitting the overpass. Expect delays due to heavy congestion. Use #LionsGateBridge. https://t.co/I9OfmUaJdY #WestVan #IronworkersMemorialBridge pic.twitter.com/6TDkAF3EZn— DriveBC (@DriveBC) September 20, 2023