Logging truck operating illegally in Timmins damages six houses

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Police in Timmins say they are putting more focus on enforcing rules around logging vehicles operating within city limits after an incident this week when six houses were damaged.

The homes, located on Wende Street, were damaged Tuesday when a truck hauling logs violated load restriction limits while driving through the area.

"The height of the vehicle’s load caused phone and household cable wires to be pulled from their mounts on various houses, resulting in damage to these properties," the Timmins Police Service said in a news release.

The operator of the log truck, a 49-year-old Kapuskasing resident, has been charged by the Timmins Police for operating a vehicle in city limits with too high a load.

Police said the incident is a good time to remind commercial truck operators they must be compliant with load restrictions, aware of their surroundings at all times, only make use of prescribed truck routes and "operate their vehicles prudently at all times."

"Any and all violations committed by CMV operators resulting in damage to private property or that jeopardizes public safety will be met with strict enforcement measures by the Timmins Police Service," the release said.

"Significant fines, court appearances and in some cases, suspension of driver’s licences can result from careless or unethical operation of these vehicles."