Log Hauling

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
1320.5 km-east of Quesnel
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Inwood Trucking
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A short log truck was returning to the bush on the 1300 Road. Winter road conditions were present. After calling “1318 empty” the driver cleared a loaded truck and started to the bush again. After calling “1320 empty” the driver was proceeding around a right hand corner at 1320.5 when he met a loaded truck. The driver of the empty truck swerved to the right in an attempt to allow the load to pass. However, he could not completely leave the road due to the heavy snow bank. The driver of the loaded truck also swerved to try and clear the empty truck, hitting the ditch in the process.

Despite the road being wide enough, the trucks could not clear each other and the driver’s sides of the trucks hit. The empty truck sustained damage to the driver’s side cab and the trailer. The loaded truck sustained severe damage from the impact and from hitting the ditch in an effort to avoid the crash. Fortunately, there were no injuries as a result of the incident.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

1. Warn all drivers to use radios and clear loaded traffic.
2. Keep to proper side of road
3. Keep speed down during periods of winter road conditions.
4. Drive defensively and expect the unexpected.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

(250) 992-6097

File attachments
2007-12-23 Near Miss Head-On Collision.pdf
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