Dettah man killed in traffic accident near Revelstoke, B.C.

An RCMP patrol vehicle. (CKLB file photo.)

Family and friends are mourning the tragic death of a Dettah man who was killed last weekend in a two-vehicle, head-on crash near the mountain town of Revelstoke, in south-central British Columbia.

Messages of condolence have been posted on social media for Paul Baillargeon, 50.

RCMP stated in an email to CKLB that police and emergency services responded just after 9:00 am Saturday to a fatal collision on Highway 1 – the Trans-Canada Highway – about 30 kilometres east of Revelstoke, in an area known as Albert Canyon.

Police state that upon arrival it was determined that a trailer of a westbound transport truck had collided with an east-bound pickup truck.

Baillargeon, the driver of the pickup truck, died as a result of the crash.

His female passenger was taken to hospital with serious injuries, police stated.

Police have not officially released any names.

They say the transport truck driver was not injured.

RCMP state that at this time, driving too fast for conditions is being considered as a contributing factor, as the roads were wet and it was raining at the time.

There is some indication that the trailer may have somehow crossed the centre line but that has yet to be confirmed.

Funeral services have yet to be announced.

You can send a message of condolence to the Baillargeon family at

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John McFadden
John has been in the broadcast journalism industry since the 1980s. He has been a reporter in Yellowknife since 2012 and joined CKLB in January of 2018. John covers the crime and court beat as well as reporting on other areas including politics, business, entertainment and sports. He won seven national community newspaper awards while he was a journalist with Northern News Services Limited (NNSL). John worked in Ontario before coming North including stints as a TV sportscaster in Peterborough and senior news writer for CBC and CTV in downtown Toronto.