A logging truck’s payload struck the Lorne Street railway overpass just before 3 p.m. on Monday, leading to a road closure in downtown Kamloops as workers began to clear the disrupted logs.
The stuck semi-truck appeared to be attempting to cross the Lansdowne Street intersection from Lorne Street when it made contact with the overpass, breaking a couple of plastic pipes below the rail line in the process and leaving a few logs on the street.
The accident closed Lorne Street between Second Avenue and Lansdowne Street, but traffic on Lansdowne was not impeded as the truck did not make it past the crosswalk before stopping.
CP Rail police, the City of Kamloops, Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE) and bylaw services responded to the accident.
There were no apparent injuries and no ambulance at the scene when KTW arrived at about 3 p.m.
City workers had a wood chipper at the scene and were cutting some logs into pieces with chainsaws.
The height clearance of the overpass is 4.1 metres.
CVSE commercial transport inspector Kerry Hedegus, who was at the scene, said his investigation will involve determining if the truck driver was travelling on a road he wasn’t supposed to be on and if the load was taller than permitted.
“From what we understand, it’s not a truck route, so he shouldn’t be here,” Hedegus said, adding that he is still assessing the situation.
There’s no timeline for when the road will re-open, which won’t occur until the debris is cleared.