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Trans-Canada re-opens as trucking companies count losses

REVELSTOKE, B.C. -- The Trans-Canada Hwy. in southeastern B.C. has re-opened, much to the delight of truckers who w...


REVELSTOKE, B.C. — The Trans-Canada Hwy. in southeastern B.C. has re-opened, much to the delight of truckers who were stranded in Revelstoke and Golden for days.

Avalanches forced the closure of the highways earlier this week and hundreds of trucks were stranded at various parts of the B.C. interior. Restaurants were beginning to run out of food and some truckers resorted to searching their trailers for edible freight.

Meanwhile, carriers have been losing up to $100,000 for every day their drivers were stranded.

“You’re losing revenue on all those trucks every day, and you’re losing money because the guys at the branches in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver have nothing to do, and our customers are holding off shipping anything until the closures end, so your productivity just disappears,” Kindersley Transport vice-president, Doug Siemens told local media.

Kindersley had about 50 trucks stranded in B.C. for much of the week.


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