Semis collide after following too close

Police attend incident involving four semi tractor-trailer units on Highway 1.

On Monday, Jan. 5, police responded to another multi-vehicle collision, this one involving four semi tractor-trailers and no injuries.

This incident occurred around 12:25 p.m. along the Trans-Canada Highway near the east end of town. West said the driver of a westbound semi slowed to a stop for a vehicle attempting to turn left off the highway. West said the driver of another westbound semi coming up behind the first didn’t leave sufficient distance to stop in time, resulting in a rear-end collision. A third westbound semi was able to stop in time, but a fourth did not and wound up sideswiping the rear end of the third, damaging the tractor as it swerved into the oncoming lane.

“Thankfully there was no one coming in the oncoming lane at the time or that wouldn’t have ended well for us either,” said West.

The drivers of the second and fourth semis were fined for following too close.

With the continuing winter storm conditions, West is reminding all drivers to drive slowly and leave sufficient distance from the vehicle ahead.

 

“The speed limit is for perfect conditions and not the ones we’re seeing right now,” added West.