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Truck cab impaled by lumber after sudden stop in Vernon

A truck driver was forced to engage his emergency braking system when he was allegedly cut off by a car on Hospital Hill in Vernon, Wednesday, March 6, 2019.
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March 06, 2019 - 11:13 AM

VERNON - The driver of a semi hauling a load of lumber through Vernon is sure to be counting his lucky stars after avoiding serious injury when he engaged his emergency braking system to avoid hitting a small car.

Thousands of pounds of manufactured lumber loosened when he slammed on the brakes and was propelled into the cab of the truck, according to an RCMP media release.

Police say a small black vehicle allegedly cut off the semi and then stopped suddenly for a pedestrian in the crosswalk at Highway 97 and 21 Avenue near Vernon Jubilee Hospital.

“The driver of the semi truck was very fortunate to have sustained only minor injuries during this incident, given the amount of lumber that shifted and impaled the back of the drivers cab,” Vernon RCMP spokesperson Const. Kelly Brett said in the release.

Brett says all safety requirements were met by the commercial truck. The driver of the small car didn’t remain at the scene.

“This serves as a very good reminder to motorists that large vehicles such as semi trucks do not have the ability to stop as quickly as smaller vehicles, and cutting in front of such a vehicle can cause significant if not deadly injuries,” Brett said.

Highway 97 was closed in both directions for several hours as crews worked to cleanup the lumber, and unload it from the truck so it could be towed. A detour was provided.

Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Drive B.C.

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