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Close call with truck

UPDATE: 1:35 p.m.

A trucker who often drives the same stretch of highway where a near-crash was caught on dashboard camera said incidents like this give drivers a bad rap.

“We are supposed to be professional, and for the most part we are,” said Steve Wraith. “It’s the bad ones who make other drivers hate truck drivers.”

Wraith said he often sees drivers taking similar risks.

“At least six times in three months I’ve needed to come to a complete stop to prevent a collision with the guy passing me and oncoming traffic and when you honk your horn at them they yell out the window at you and give you the finger,” he said.

Jones, who captured a semi-truck driving erratically towards him, said that so often people talk about speed as the only factor. But it is much more complicated than just that, he said.

“The reality is it is a far more complex issue,” he said. “There is factors of road design, factors of vehicle design, driver behaviour.”

“This guy who was overtaking didn’t set out to do something dangerous when he woke up in the morning. I don’t believe that for one second, but some situation put him in a position where he felt that risk was justifiable.”

Wraith said that people need to be patient sometimes and give truck drivers room.

Often, when he is driving, people will creep so closely to the back of his truck that he won’t even see them.

“I can't imagine what it would be like being in an accident and having someone die,” he said. “I can't imagine how I would feel. I can't imagine the pain and anguish anyone would go through dealing with that.”


ORIGINAL: 10:30 a.m.

A driver had a very close call with a semi-truck when he was travelling through the Shuswap – and this wasn't the first time.

Jonah Jones was driving from Salmon Arm towards Canoe on Wednesday when he was faced almost head-on with the semi-truck.

It was around 4:30 p.m. and a regular drive for Jones.

“I could see just on the horizon two lorries (trucks), one overtaking the other and I just know that stretch of road very well and they were coming to the point they should be coming back to one lane,” said Jones.

“There was no chance he was going to make it back in,” he said.

Jones was able to slide over to the right side shoulder safely and get out of the way.

“It is an every few week reality,” he said. “That’s why I bought a dash camera.”

A similar incident has happened two to three times just in the past month.
 
“It’s a reality of what happens every day on that road,” he said. “ A lot of these lorries are in a rush.”

Jones did contact the company of the semi-truck who then asked for the video footage of the incident.



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