Log Hauling

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Location: 
500 Road-east of Quesnel
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-12-27
Company Name: 
Inwood Trucking
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A loaded tridem long log truck was loaded on the 500 Road. The road was in winter condition-frozen and icy. While coming around a corner on a 10-12% downhill slope, the logging truck met a pick up (empty direction) towing a trailer with 2 snowmobiles on it. The pick up did not have a radio. The log truck tried to slow and allow the pick up to pass, however, the pick up driver panicked and began to back up. The trailer behind the pick up jackknifed in front of the logging truck, blocking the road. At this point, the log truck driver applied his brakes, causing his trailer to jackknife as well. The right front corner of the loaded logging truck bumped the snowmobile trailer, pushing the pick up around. At this point the loaded truck came to a stop.

During the investigation, it became known that the pick up was on the wrong road. The young driver had become lost while looking for a popular snowmobile area and turned onto an active logging road. He ignored the signs warning of radio use and industrial traffic. There was minimal damage to both vehicles and no injuries. However, the potential for serious injury was enormous. Only the defensive driving of the log truck driver prevented a more serious outcome.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

1. Public should be more aware of industrial traffic and radio control on multi user roads.
2. Pick ups should be radio equipped, keep to their own side of the road and use pullouts to clear industrial traffic.
3. All log truck drivers should drive defensively and be aware of non industrial, recreational traffic at all times.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Lloyd Inwood

(250) 992-6097

File attachments
2007-12-27 jacknifed trailer close call.pdf
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