The driver behind the wheel of a logging truck that struck a downtown Kamloops CP Rail overpass on Monday, knocking loose a number of large pieces of timber and breaking a drainage pipe underneath the overpass, is not out of a job.
According to Commercial Vehicles Safety Enforcement inspector Kerry Hegedus, the incident was the culmination of an honest mistake followed by a series of unfortunate decisions.
Hegedus said the trucker mistakenly entered downtown from Highway 5 on Lorne Street, a route he had travelled in the past before it was made off-limits for commercial vehicles.
“He figured he could make it through there,” Hegedus said. “But things have changed. He’d hauled that route before, but it has changed.”
The driver did not make it through. The top of his load struck the bottom of the CP Rail overpass at Lorne and Lansdowne streets, knocking loose a number of logs and breaking a drainage pipe on the bottom of the bridge.
The driver, who was headed to the Domtar pulp mill, was ticketed for driving without reasonable consideration, given the fact the route he took does not allow commercial trucks.
Lorne Street is not a truck route. Lansdowne Street, one block south, is a truck route.
“He kind of got off track through a series of wrong choices on his part,” Hegedus said. “He should have come down Lansdowne, but he was one street off.”
The truck involved in the crash was operated by Westwold-based Buff Lumber. Company owner Erik Buff told KTW the issue was settled.
“It’s been dealt with by the city, CVSE,” he said. “Everything’s been addressed and no one’s out of a job.”
The rig was taken off the road for a mechanical inspection as a precaution.
Hegedus said the incident could have been much worse.
“No one got hurt,” he said. “Mistakes happen. This was just a bad choice that wasn’t done on purpose.”