Radio silence on Resource Roads: A bad situation

Head Bay Road, between Tahsis and Gold River (northern Vancouver Island)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Baseline Archaeological Services Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A pickup truck entering a turn up Head Bay Road unexpectedly encountered a loaded logging truck that appeared without radio notice, heading in the opposite direction.

The pickup driver hugged the inside of the corner as much as possible but could not entirely avoid the logging truck. The logging truck struck the driver’s side mirror, popping out and breaking the mirror/glass.

The pickup driver did have the client-designated radio channel and the radio was on. However, no call of kilometres was heard. The logging truck did not stop, suggesting the driver possibly was unaware of the incident.

No injuries occurred.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• Be aware that on public roads, other vehicles (including logging trucks) may not follow the same road use rules

• Always assume an oversized vehicle may be around the next corner

• If a lack of road radio use is noticed, report it to logging truck’s company – so they are aware of the problem

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information: Baseline Archaeological Services Ltd. at

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