Logging truck driver injured

A Nakusp logging truck driver was seriously injured on Sept. 6 at the Halfway log dump when a log fell from his vehicle, striking him.

A Nakusp logging truck driver was seriously injured on Sept. 6 at the Halfway log dump when a log fell from his vehicle, striking him.

Cst. Shawn Foley of the Nakusp RCMP said the man was injured while preparing to unload the truck into the lake just after noon. The process involves wrapping a wire around the logs and pulling them off. It was during this process that the log fell, striking the man, who was outside his truck at the time.

The BCAS, Nakusp Fire Rescue and the RCMP responded to the incident to help the driver. He was transported to hospital in Nakusp and to hospital in Vernon the next day. He was seriously injured; his current status is unknown.

Foley said Worksafe BC was investigating the incident.

He added that RCMP were investigating an earlier, related incident.

Foley said the same truck struck an overhead power line on Highway 31A near Trout Lake earlier in the day. Foley said the driver had stopped and acknowledged that incident. “We’re still investigating that,” Foley said. “We’re looking at the offences of over height and over weight.”

The Arrow Lakes News left messages with Worksafe BC, but they were unable to respond by press time.