Two unrelated logging truck accidents on Wednesday are raising questions about the safety of transporting raw logs on B.C.'s highways, less than a week after a motorcyclist was killed in a logging truck accident in Whistler.
RCMP have confirmed that one truck overturned and spilled its load after at least one tire burst while the truck tried to make a tight turn to exit a highway near Chase, B.C. this morning.
About an hour later, another logging truck toppled into a ravine, after the driver lost control rounding a corner, striking a barrier on Highway 101 north of Sechelt.
Cpl. Stephen Chubey of Sunshine Coast RCMP says it's remarkable no one was hurt.
"The impact caused the trailer to go over the side and down a ravine, pulling the rig with it," said Chubey.
No one was injured in either accident, but both come less than a week after a logging truck accident in Whistler on Saturday killed a 65-year-old motorcyclist from West Vancouver.
Following that incident, Steve Hunt of the United Steelworkers' Union, which represents the majority of logging truck drivers in B.C., said budget cuts have resulted in fewer inspections.