Jan. 13 Police Update: close calls under snow

Jan. 13 Police Update: close calls under snow, spin, crash, ditch

Involving multiple pickup and loaded semi trucks

Involving multiple pickup and loaded semi trucks

With continual snowfall on Jan. 5, five traffic accidents were reported between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Two of the incidents, each involving more than three vehicles, happened within the span of an hour and half on different parts of Highway 16.


First incident: ditch or crash

At about 11:45 a.m. on Highway 16 in front of the sawmill west of downtown Vanderhoof, a truck heading eastbound was waiting to turn left, followed by a dump truck, a small grey car, and a red truck, Nielsen said.

A truck carrying wood chips, also going eastbound, did not see the vehicle lineup between the blowing snow until the last minute.

Seeing that the wood chip truck would not be stopping in time, the grey car’s driver turned right to avoid the incoming truck, into the ditch.

To avoid colliding with the lineup, the chip truck driver made a split-second decision to turn left, as he saw that the grey car was already on the right side.

An incoming pickup truck, heading westbound, then hit the chip truck’s trailer.

Three people were injured as a result of the incident, with one taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

The chip truck’s driver’s dog, seated beside the driver, suffered the most injury with part of his nose lost.

The police advised drivers to secure their pets, like other passengers, with seatbelt leashes to avoid injuries.



Interlude: in the air

Twenty minutes after the above accident was reported, an incident on Highway 16 between Saranovich Road and Blackwater Road occurred.

An eastbound car was slowing down to turn right into a residential driveway, and a pickup truck was passing him on the left.

At this moment, a car approaching from behind, observed the two cars side by side and thought that they were both stationary.

He veered right, going off the road and flying for 20 feet before coming to a stop, with no airbags activated.

No one was injured.



Second incident: truck spun by multiple vehicles

As the RCMP finished up paperwork on scene for the Blackwater Road, an incident on Highway 16 was reported near C.J.’s Trailer Park.

A pickup truck from Pacific Natural Gas, heading eastbound, was waiting to turn left after an incoming westbound logging truck passed through.

Meanwhile, an eastbound logging truck, passing the waiting pickup on the right, was suspected to have clipped the pickup at the rear, spinning the vehicle.

Then, a westbound flat-bed truck, seeing the scene but unable to avoid the spinning pickup, hit it again at the rear — according to evidence — setting it spinning again.

Next, an eastbound fully-loaded lumber truck hits the spinning pickup, at its third time, and went off the road into the ditch on the right.

Lastly, a westbound blue pickup, observing the incident from afar, went right and up an embankment, clipping a nearby stop sign.

Though the pickup driver suffered only minor injuries, the RCMP is looking for information on the initial logging truck that first spun the pickup.


In the past week, Vanderhoof’s local RCMP detachment lodged 109 files.

There were 15 files from New Year’s Eve to the first hours of 2016, including three road checks in the evening and no serious incidents, the police said.

Other than a fatal collision on Bearhead Road, one kilometre from Highway 16 west of Vanderhoof, on Dec. 23 morning, Christmas season overall was uneventful in Vanderhoof, said Sgt. Svend Nielsen.

Involving a minivan driven by a Vanderhoof resident and an unloaded logging truck, the Vanderhoof driver died at the scene, and investigation of the collision’s cause continues at press time, according to North District Traffic Services.

– with files from Sgt. Svend Nielsen, Vanderhoof RCMP


Just Posted

A person receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. Northern Health confirmed it has the lowest vaccination rates amongst the province’s five regional health authorities. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
Vaccination rates in Vanderhoof, Fraser Lake, Fort St James well below provincial average

COVID-19 immunization clinics for youth 12+ coming up in Fort St. James

Steve McAdam (left) is studying substrate conditions in the Nechako River and how they impact sturgeon eggs. The work will help design habitat restoration measures, said McAdam. (Rebecca Dyok photo)
Sturgeon egg studies to help inform future habitat restoration

“It’s an interesting, challenging issue,” says Steve McAdam

Saik’uz First Nation Coun. Jasmine Thomas and Chief Priscilla Mueller speak about the need for addiction treatment facility near Vanderhoof, March 2021. (Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)
Vanderhoof addiction treatment centre tries again with ministry support

Agriculture minister insists she is not interfering in land commission

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Premier John Horgan speaks as provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, right, and health minister Adrian Dix look on during a press conference to update on the province’s fall pandemic preparedness plan during a press conference from the press theatre at Legislature in Victoria, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. officials to provide details on Step 2 of COVID reopening plan Monday

Step 2 could allow for larger gatherings and a resumption of recreational travel

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is seen during a news conference, Wednesday May 19, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Indigenous child-welfare battle heads to court despite calls for Ottawa to drop cases

Feds are poised to argue against two Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings

The Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race has been held in Summerland as a fundraising event. Do you know which Canadian city introduced this sport? (Black Press file photo)
QUIZ: A summer’s day at the water

How much do you know about boats, lakes and water?

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Most Read