Police seek witnesses following fatal lumber truck crash

Driver of lumber truck dies following crash near Birch Island

A truck loaded with lumber rests in the snow next to Highway 5 west of Birch Island following a fatal crash on Thursday morning

A truck loaded with lumber rests in the snow next to Highway 5 west of Birch Island following a fatal crash on Thursday morning

Clearwater RCMP are looking for eyewitnesses who may have seen a fatal motor vehicle incident on Thursday morning, Feb. 7.

Police report that at approximately 9:40 a.m., members of the Central Interior RCMP Traffic Services and the Clearwater RCMP responded to a report of a single commercial vehicle crash located on Highway 5 near the Birch Island turnoff.

Upon the arrival of the police at the scene, members ascertained that a southbound commercial vehicle hauling a load of lumber had left the travel portion of the highway and gone off road to the right and down an embankment into a field.

The lone male occupant of the commercial vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. At this point in time, the drivers name is not being released, pending the notification of the drivers family.

A Southeast District RCMP collision reconstructionist is assisting with the investigation. As well, an inspector with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement Unit attended to provide the RCMP with assistance. The Coroners Office was contacted and also will assist with this investigation.

Police believe that road conditions did not play a factor in this tragic event.

 

Clearwater RCMP ask that if anyone did witness this incident, they please contact the detachment at 250-674-2237.