Collision: Driving on forest roads requires attention, anticipation

Location: 
Adams Lake, BC (Shuswap region)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2012-08-07
Company Name: 
Interfor - Adams Lake Lumber Division
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

The driver of an empty logging truck was heading home for the day, travelling north on the Adams West Forest Service Road. An oncoming car heading south signaled to the logging truck driver by waving a hand in the air. Thinking that his stakes may have popped up, the driver looked in the rearview mirror to check. As he was looking in the rearview mirror he inadvertently travelled onto the wrong side of the road.

Meanwhile, a southbound pickup truck with two people came around the bend to find the logging truck heading straight for them on their side of the road. They swerved, applied the brakes and skidded before hitting the side of the oncoming logging truck (see photos in attached pdf).

As a result of the collision, both the driver and passenger in the pickup were transported by ambulance to hospital in Kamloops.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• Use caution at all times when travelling resource roads and expect the unexpected.

• Always assume that somebody could be coming around a corner, stay on your side of the road and slow down.

• Always remember to pull over if something needs to be inspected on your truck or your phone rings etc. Being distracted is extremely dangerous while driving.

• Always travel at a safe speed, as getting home safely is what counts!

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information: Erik Kok, RPF, Interfor – Adams Lake Division 250-679-6842

File attachments
Safety_Alert_Interfor-Adams_Lake_2012-8-7.pdf
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