Foggy logging roads can be a dangerous place!

Location: 
Canfor Woodlands Operations, northern Interior of BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2012-02-20
Company Name: 
Canfor
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A log truck was travelling down a hill towards a railway crossing. The area at the bottom of the hill was under a heavy layer of fog, which greatly compromised the driver’s vision. The driver reduced his speed to an estimated 30 - 40 km/h.

As the driver approached the crossing he did not see the other vehicles that were also stopped for the train at the crossing. As a result the logging truck crashed into the back of a vehicle, pushing it into another vehicle in front of it. The force of the impact pushed the vehicles in the direction of the train.

In an attempt to prevent pushing these two vehicles into the train, the log truck driver steered to the left and ran into three other parked vehicles before hitting the guard rail on the side of the highway.

The log truck driver was not injured. The drivers of the other vehicles were taken to hospital but their injuries are unknown. Significant property damage was sustained to all the vehicles involved.

Key Learnings: Driving in unexpected fog requires increased attention and awareness. In extreme cases where visibility becomes very low one may be required to park the vehicle for their own and others safety.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• Drive with lights on low beam. High beams will only be reflected back off the fog and actually impair visibility even more.

• Reduce your speed – and watch your speedometer. Fog creates a visual illusion of slow motion when you may actually be speeding.

• Listen for traffic that you cannot see. Open your window a little so you can hear. • Use wipers and defrosters as necessary for maximum visibility.

• Use the right edge of the road or painted road markings as a guide.

• Be patient. Do not pass lines of traffic.

• Do not stop on a freeway or heavily traveled road. If your vehicle stalls or becomes disabled, turn off your vehicle's lights and take your foot off of the brake pedal (people tend to follow tail lights when driving in fog). Move away from the vehicle to avoid injury.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information: Tyson von den Steinen, Canfor Prince George 250-962-3229

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