Resource roads can “settle” under the weight of log trucks following rainfall

Safety Alert Type: 
Resource Roads
Location: 
Ashnola Forest Service Road - 20km (near Keremeos, BC)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2013-09-17
Company Name: 
Lusted Logging Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A loaded logging truck travelling down the Ashnola Forest Service Road met a “No Radio” vehicle at the 20.25 km marker. The log truck driver pulled to the right to allow the “No Radio” vehicle room to pass, but in doing so nearly tipped the truck over as the outside edge of the road settled 12 inches (30 cm’s) under the weight of the truck (see photos in attached pdf).

Had the truck tipped over it would have careened down a 30 foot bank before resting on flat ground.

Recent rain in the area contributed to the softness of the road edge.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• When encountering unexpected vehicles on resource roads many drivers’ first instinct is to pull to the right to let oncoming vehicles pass. However on this particular road it can put the loaded truck dangerously close to the outside edge of the road where in many places, it’s a long steep embankment. Therefore drivers should in fact pull to their left and slow down as quickly as is safely possible.

• Also activate the left turn signal to warn oncoming vehicles of the heavy truck’s intention to stay left. If the ditch side of the road gives out under the weight of a loaded logging truck the driver and the truck may escape uninjured.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information: Tom Lusted - Lusted Logging Ltd., Cawston, BC (250) 499-6201

File attachments
Resource roads can “settle” under the weight of log trucks following rainfall.pdf
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