Erratic driving causes alarm for work crews

Location: 
Highway 23 North (near Revelstoke, BC)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2011-08-23
Company Name: 
Treadstone Forestry Consultants Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Two work crews left the office around 6am and travelled Highway 23 North, approximately 15 to 20 minutes apart. About 30 kilometres north of Revelstoke the driver of the first crew vehicle noticed an oncoming vehicle approaching in an erratic manner, as it swerved on the road and at one point, fully crossed into the wrong lane.

In an attempt to avoid a collision, the crew driver slowed his vehicle. At this time, the driver of the oncoming pick-up corrected his driving and appeared to carry on down the road. Shaken, the driver of the first crew truck used his radio to warn the driver of the trailing crew vehicle to watch out for this approaching pick-up.

However, before the driver of the second crew truck met up with the oncoming pick-up, it was involved in a single vehicle accident, leaving the roadway which resulted in a medical evacuation. The cause of the accident at the time was unknown.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• If unable to drive safely for any reason (illness, fatigue, injury, impairment), stop your vehicle in a safe location. If travelling alone, rest or get out and stretch. If travelling with other people, have someone else take over at the wheel.

• If approached by a vehicle travelling in an erratic manner, slow your vehicle down and look for a safe alternate route out in case of emergency. Try to get the attention of the oncoming driver by flashing your lights and/or honking your horn.

• Always drive defensively within the posted speed limit and according to road conditions.

• Where possible, alert other road users by radio and provide them with the vehicle make, model and colour.

• If necessary, alert the RCMP of vehicles travelling in an unsafe manner.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Treadstone Forestry Consultants Ltd. 250-837-7233

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