Logging truck crash near Bamfield shows need for new road: HFN

“This is a road that the province has forgotten. There are communities, there are people... there are life stories at the end of this road.”

The logging truck that went off the Bamfield road and spilled into a dry Sarita Lake tributary.

A June 10 logging truck accident on the Bamfield Main is a clear indicator that the unpaved road needs to be improved, said Huu-ay-aht executive director James Edwards.

“This is a road that the province has forgotten. There are communities, there are people, there are tourists, there’s an economy… there are life stories at the end of this road.”

The accident occurred in the morning, about 47 km down the Bamfield Main from Port Alberni.

No other vehicles were involved, Edwards said.

“It [the truck] ended up colliding with a bridge and partially went over the bridge,” he said. “In the process, one of its exterior fuel tanks was ripped off and diesel fuel did leak.”

The incident was cleaned up by 1 p.m., Edwards said.

The driver, who was a subcontractor for Island Timberlands, was taken to hospital but the nature of his injuries were not exactly known.

“We were very fortunate that the driver wasn’t seriously injured and that the release of the diesel fuel wasn’t more serious as well,” said Edwards.

The diesel fuel was released into a creek bed that typically feeds Sarita Lake—however, at the time of the incident the bed was dry.

While the impacts of this crash were far less devastating than they could have been, Edwards said that the accident shows just how poor the road condition is.

“It really does highlight that the road isn’t an infrequently (travelled), private industrial road,” he said.

“It sees significant and daily use and it’s unsafe.”

The road to Bamfield is the only land access to Bamfield and Anacla, which together house more than 300 people.

“The road isn’t safe for the community members, it isn’t safe for the tourists and it’s not safe for the emergency vehicles. It’s one of the few public use roads that see this kind of traffic that isn’t safe to public safety standards.”

reporter@albernivalleynews.com

twitter.com/AlberniNews

Just Posted

Rosalind Chapman seeks seat on Port Alberni city council

Community volunteer and longtime Alberni Valley resident Rosalind Chapman will seek a… Continue reading

Accident causes power outage on Beaver Creek Road

One sent to West Coast General Hospital in crash

Save-On-Foods donates to summer kids’ program in Port Alberni

Food bank takes over from breakfast programs once summer vacation starts

West Coast Hockey Prep Camp draws nearly 1,000 players to Port Alberni

History-making Korean hockey coach joins league of celebrity instructors

Port Alberni co-ops targeted in different crimes

One break-and-enter, one case of graffiti at each gas station

BC Games: Day 1 comes to an end

Medals have already been handed out following one day of competition in the 2018 BC Summer Games

BC Wildfire update on Okanagan blazes

Watch the media briefing on the current fire situation in the Okanagan.

ZONE 6: Rugby star Maggie Banks carries family legacy to BC Games

Shawnigan Lake student and Coquitlam native following her parents to the national program

RCMP help to save goats from wildfire

The fast-approaching wildfire, sparked Thursday, forced the evacuation of five homes

VIDEO: Near drowning captured on popular B.C. river

Search and Rescue manager says the popular pastime of floating in the summer is inherently dangerous

Crosswalk vandalism leaves black mark for Cowichan as B.C. Games begin

Rainbow crosswalk defaced just days after being painted

Photo gallery: BC Games Day 1

A brief look at action from the 2018 BC Summer Games in the Cowichan Valley

UPDATED: Anti-pipeline campers digging in as eviction deadline expires

The City of Burnaby had ordered the Kinder Morgan pipeline protesters out for violating bylaws

Trump was taped talking of paying Playboy model: AP source

Source says former personal lawyer Michael Cohen secretly recorded discussion prior to 2016 election

Most Read