Central Okanagan  

Runaway logging truck

A Kelowna man found himself on the motorcycle ride of his life Monday, when an out-of-control logging truck nearly crushed him.

Kal Klasen was riding towards Kelowna on the Okanagan Connector, just past the Pennask Summit when he noticed a fully loaded logging truck catching up to him.

“I’ve ridden all my life and that was the closest I’ve ever come to getting wiped out,” he says.

“I just happened to look in my rear view mirror on my right side and there’s this huge logging truck just barreling down behind me. It wasn’t making any noise. No horn, no nothing. I couldn’t hear anything.”

He says it was around 2:30 p.m. on Monday afternoon and estimates the truck was travelling at least 120 km/h downhill, because it kept forcing him to speed up.

“I lurched to the side and looked in my mirror again and his front wheel was almost touching my bike,” says Klasen.

“At this point I just figured this was it and I’m done.”

Just then a runaway lane opened up on his right side, and Klassen says the truck merged off the highway at full speed.

Once Klassen was able to find a safe place to pull over, he dialed 911 and then headed back to check on the driver.

By the time he got back to the truck, an ambulance had already arrived.

He says the driver was in a state of shock, and said he had lost his compressed air for the brakes and horn.

Both trailers were flipped over and detached, the truck itself was crushed, and logs were all over the hill.


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