Truck driver fined $657 after overpass crash on Hwy. 99
CTV British Columbia
Published Wednesday, October 30, 2013 4:50PM PDT
Last Updated Wednesday, October 30, 2013 7:35PM PDT
The truck driver who caused commuter chaos on Highway 99 Tuesday afternoon by crashing into an overpass has been fined a total of $657.
Mounties confirmed the driver, whose name has not been released, was fined $138 for not maintaining his logbook properly and $105 for carrying the over-height load that slammed into the Ladner Trunk Road overpass.
“He did obtain a permit for his load, unfortunately the load was higher than his permit so he did get a fine for that,” Cpl. Robert McDonald said.
The Ministry of Transportation, which estimates the crash caused at least $500,000 worth of damage, inspected the truck and issued another $414 fine that was unrelated to the accident.
The vehicle, owned by Bestlink Transport in Surrey, was hauling a large metal silo that was secured at Delta Port, but McDonald said it was ultimately up to the driver to ensure it wasn’t over-height.
“A driver is responsible for their load. The driver should have got out of his vehicle and measured the load himself to make sure it was within his permit,” he said.
Bestlink Transport owner Henry Schneider told CTV News the accident happened because the driver, who has 20 years’ experience, simply missed an off-ramp.
If all had gone according to plan, the truck would have crossed the same overpass it hit, Schneider said.
The accident disrupted the commutes of tens of thousands of drivers, closing all southbound lanes of Highway 99, one of Metro Vancouver’s busiest traffic arteries, for several hours.
It also forced the shutdown of Highway 10 in both directions, and one lane of the overpass remained closed Wednesday as a safety precaution.
The province hasn’t commented about whether taxpayers will sue to recoup the cost of the accident.
With a report from CTV British Columbia’s Jon Woodward