Beware of black ice: it’s not exclusive to paved roads

15km mark, Bamfield Mainline (west of Port Alberni)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Baseline Archaeological Services Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Two people (driver and passenger) were traveling up the Bamfield Mainline early in the morning with the temperature minus five degrees outside.

As they were driving downhill on a corner and approaching a bridge, the truck started to fish tail. The driver counter-steered but could not regain traction. The truck started to spin to the right and at approximately 100 degrees from the driver’s intended direction the truck hit the log barrier on the wood bridge and continued up and partially over the log. At this time the back end of the truck continued to slide and pulled the truck’s front from the barrier, swinging the truck around to face the opposite direction to traffic, on the right side of the road.

There was some minor damage to the truck’s front end. No injuries occurred.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Be aware that black ice occurs on dirt roads and may be even harder to identify
  • Consider ‘temperature’ as strongly as ‘how conditions look’ when gauging potentially dangerous road conditions
  • At temperatures below 0 degrees, reduce speed on hills even if there has been no sign of ice thus far


For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information: Baseline Archaeological Services Ltd. sndawe@shaw.ca


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