Drivers escape injury after logging truck collision in Fort St. James

Two drivers escaped injury after their logging trucks were involved in a collision on Highway 27.

  • Wed Aug 10th, 2016 6:00pm
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A common scene as logging trucks regularly pass through town in Fort St. James.

Barbara Latkowski

Caledonia Courier

Two drivers escaped injury after their logging trucks were involved in a collision on Highway 27 at Roberts Road and the Stuart River Bridge.

On July 28, at 9:59 a.m., the Fort St. James R.C.M.P., B.C. Ambulance Service, the Fort St. James Volunteer Fire Department and Yellow Road Bridge attended the scene as the collision blocked all access to and from Fort St. James.

“Logs and log truck trailers were strewn across the highway,” said Sgt. Poppy Hallam from the Fort St. James R.C.M.P.

According to the R.C.M.P., an unloaded logging truck was travelling north on Highway 27 and had just come over the Stuart Lake Bridge when a loaded logging truck was travelling south on Highway 27 just after Roberts Road when the two trucks collided sending trailers and debris across the highway.

“The unloaded truck went off road right, through a cement barricade and into a Telus pole shearing it off. The loaded truck detached from its trailer and did not suffer damage,” Hallam said.

The driver of the unloaded truck was treated for minor injuries on scene by B.C. Ambulance Service and the driver of the loaded logging truck was not injured.

The Highway was closed for several hours as crews worked to move the logs off the road and remove the downed Telus lines from the unloaded truck so as to not sever the lines according to the R.C.M.P.

The Highway was reopened at approximately 11:45 a.m. to single lane traffic but was closed again at about 3:00 p.m. while a self-loading logging truck attended to pick up logs from the collision and the unloaded truck was towed from the scene.

Commercial Vehicle Inspectors also attended the scene and examined the vehicles.

The cause of the collision is still under investigation.