Contact with highway shoulder forces vehicle off road

Location: 
Fraser Canyon (southwestern BC mainland)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2012-03-26
Company Name: 
Roga Contracting
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Travelling south on Highway 1 in the Fraser Canyon,  a driver lost control of his vehicle at approximately 5:00 a.m. The vehicle was coming around a long right hand turn at approximately 90 km/h when the front right tire left the pavement and contacted the shoulder. The shoulder was soft and pulled the vehicle into the ditch, where it impacted the roadside ditch and rock bank.

The site was secured and the vehicle was towed. There were no injuries.

Conditions:

  • Driving at night
  • Speed was not a factor
  • Weather not a factor

Notes: The driver (who was coming out of camp) had been working nightshifts and had slept the previous day, so felt comfortable driving during the night. His mind and body were still in sync with working nights. The driver reports having slept 6 ½ to 7 hours on the evening before the incident.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  1. Supervisors must ensure that drivers have rest before leaving camp to ensure the driver is rested before travelling.
  2. Recommendations for driving at night include:
  • Take your time and slow down. Vision is not as good, so slow down to give yourself more reaction time.
  • Minimize glare. Look away from oncoming lights so that your eyes do not have to recover as much from the bright road glare.
  • Keep the cab dark. A bright cab makes it more difficult to see out into the dark.
  • Keep your vehicle in good shape. If you need to react, you want the vehicle to be able to handle the quick reaction.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information: Troy Young at troy@roga.ca

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