Log truck driver falls asleep at the wheel, leaves road

Location: 
Highway 20, west of Alexis Creek, BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2012-12-03
Company Name: 
Tsi Del Del Enterprises Limited
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

On Monday evening (December 3, 2012) at approximately 8:15 pm, an empty log truck was involved in a single vehicle accident at Bull Canyon, west of Alexis Creek.

The logging contractor was working 200 km’s west of Williams Lake and the log trucks were working on a long cycle time to Williams Lake so the trucks were doing 1.5 trips per day. All the trucks are equipped with a sleeper unit so drivers can sleep in the bush every second night.

The driver unloaded his one load of logs on the morning of December 3 (it was to be his one trip day) and was scheduled to sleep in the bush in the evening and dump two loads on December 4. He left Williams Lake empty to go sleep in the bush around 6:30 in the evening.

The log truck driver felt sleepy driving back to the bush but failed to stop. As he drove down the hill from Alexis Creek to Bull Canyon, he felt asleep at the wheel and drove off the Highway to his right. The truck left the highway, hit the ditch, plowing through a wire fence, ran over some blow down trees and came to a stop in a field (see photo in attached pdf).

The driver suffered a minor abrasion to his right hand and a bruise on top of the head.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• Drivers should spend a limited amount of time off duty and return to the bush earlier

• When they become tired, drivers should pull over and get some rest in the sleeper. Drivers do not have to sleep at the worksite.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information contact: Tsi Del Del Enterprises Limited, Chilanko Forks, BC. (250) 392-7802

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Log truck driver falls asleep at the wheel, leaves road.pdf
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