Semi Driver Escapes Serious Injury

RCMP say Wednesday's accident that closed Highway 97 on hospital hill in Vernon should be a reminder that big rigs need time to stop.

Police say it happened on 21st Avenue just before 9am.  The driver of a semi-truck hauling a large load of lumber had to initiate his emergency breaking system, causing thousands of pounds of manufactured lumber to loosen and propel through the drivers cab.  Officers say the driver had to initiate his emergency breaks as a result of a small black vehicle allegedly cutting in front of the semi-truck at which time the car abruptly stopped for a pedestrian at the cross walk. This caused the semi to use his emergency breaks to avoid a collision. 

“The driver of the semi-truck was very fortunate to have sustained only minor injuries during this incident, given the amount of lumber that shifted and impaled the back of the drivers cab,” states Cst. Kelly Brett. “This serves as a very good reminder to motorists that large vehicles such as semi-trucks do not have the ability to stop as quickly as smaller vehicles, and cutting in front of such a vehicle can cause significant if not deadly injuries”. 

Investigation into the incident revealed all safety requirements were met by the semi-truck and the cause of the incident was due to the sudden stop of the other vehicle involved. The other vehicle did not remain on scene. It took crews hours to clear the lumber from the truck so it could be towed from the scene. Traffic was re-routed off the highway onto 18th Avenue.