Fatal 3-logging-truck crash

A logging truck driver was killed earlier this month near Fort St. James in a major crash.

The BC Forest Safety Council says the driver was killed in a crash Feb. 9 on Highway 27 involving three logging trucks.

"A southbound car was stopped on Highway 27 waiting to turn left. A southbound logging truck stopped behind this car. A second southbound logging truck was not able to stop in time to avoid a collision with the first logging truck," says a statement.

"The resulting collision caused vehicles to enter the northbound lane and an empty northbound logging truck collided with one of the logging trucks and went into the ditch. One of the log truck drivers was fatally injured at the scene and another was seriously injured. A fire occurred after the collision."

It was snowing, with poor visibility at the time.

The BC Coroners Service RCMP, Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement and WorkSafeBC are investigating.

"Our condolences go out to the family, friends and co-workers of the deceased and our sympathies to the injured drivers and everyone else who has been affected by this incident," says the Forest Council.

This is the second forestry death of the year in B.C.

The first happened Feb.4 when when a logger was killed by a tree.

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