2009-01-06 White-out Results in Lost Load

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Highway 97c – Approximately 0.5 km east of Sunset Interchange
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

At approximately 10:30 in the morning a loaded logging truck was driving eastbound towards Kelowna in a severe snow squall with ‘white-out’ conditions.

The driver continued to drive the rig through the blizzard when the driver lost reference of where the paved road surface was. The driver felt the shoulder of the paved road grade and subsequently tried to correct the situation and straighten out the rig.

As a result, the rig was pulled into the ditch further causing the truck to roll on its side – spilling the load of sawlogs across the westbound lanes. Traffic flow on the westbound lanes was blocked from the logs across the highway.

The driver was wearing his seat belt and was not injured.

The driver called 911 to dispatch the RCMP and an ambulance to the site.   The driver also called for a self-loading logging truck to clean up the westbound lanes.

Another contractor of the Licensee was close by and coordinated clean up by acquiring a skidder from a nearby industrial logging work site.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Recognize the risks and/or hazards of driving in adverse environmental conditions – it’s the driver’s responsibility to ensure speed, tires, chains etc match the conditions.
  • Pull over and wait out unfavorable weather conditions
  • On public highways and roads contact either the RCMP or Highways representatives who will then co-ordinate cleanup activities. 


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Grant Thompson, RPF



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