Beware of collapsing bush roads in Springtime

Summerland (Trout Creek, 2km on East Fork Road)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Gorman Bros Lumber Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Please be aware of this potentially dangerous situation on bush roads post spring freshet.
A culvert was washed out underneath the road surface leaving a 6-inch ‘shell’ of road surface to drive on.

The driver of a pick-up truck hit one at 50km/hr which at impact, felt like two very large potholes.

The driver then stopped and went back to have a look at what he had hit and the road disappeared before his eyes. (see photos in attached pdf)

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Use extra caution when driving on roads that have had very little or no use post-freshet.
  • Watch for small holes in road surface and or surface cracks in the road surface.
  • Travel at a speed appropriate to road conditions.
  • If a safety hazard cannot be remedied easily on the spot, flag or otherwise increase the visibility of the condition for the benefit of anyone entering the vicinity.
  • Report the hazard over the radio to alert people in the immediate area.
  • Pass the hazard on to contractors, clients and others that may be affected by the hazard.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Chris King, Gorman Bros Lumber Ltd. 250-768-5131

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