A single-vehicle accident resulted in a temporary rerouting of the highway last week.
A loaded Selkin Logging truck is thought to have blown the front driver-side tire, causing the driver to completely lose control of the vehicle.
The large Kenworth truck then went onto its side, spilling its load of logs alongside and across the highway.
The driver, a resident of Prince George, sustained only minor injuries in the accident, and was walking around and speaking to police at the scene shortly after the accident.
The load was light, according to the driver, with dry beetle-killed logs on board when it took place.
“I’m just so grateful no one was coming in the other lane,” said the driver, who asked not to use his name.
There was a wobble and the loss of all steering control the driver said, and after the truck stopped from the crash, he wasn’t sure which way was up.
The RCMP were on the scene investigating the crash and directing some traffic, while the local Fort St. James Volunteer Fire Department also had people on site directing traffic around the accident using Airport Road as a detour route.
The logs were cleared fairly quickly, however, and the highway was reopened to traffic in about one hour.
Charges are not being considered, and CVSE attended the scene and the driver’s log books were in order and up to date.