Dusty resource roads create driving hazards

Safety Alert Type: 
Resource Roads
Donald, BC (north of Golden)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Columbia Extreme Contracting Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Crew was driving down B-road in pickup truck. As they approached a logging truck from behind, visibility became poor due to extremely dusty road conditions. The pickup driver slowed down to 20 km/h.

The driver of the logging truck communicated over the radio that he would pull over to allow the pickup to pass. Almost immediately the pickup struck the rear end of the logging truck (see photos in attached pdf).

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • When road conditions are poor for any reason, including dust and visibility hazards, radio communication is a must. Don’t hesitate to reach out to other vehicles and OVER-communicate, rather than under-communicate.
  • Be aware of your surroundings, including vehicles both in front and behind you. It is important when you are avoiding a hazard, you do not create another one. Stopping abruptly can cause problems for those following you, especially in situations with poor visibility.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Columbia Extreme Contracting Ltd. (250) 348-2234

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