Near accident in Parksville with reckless truck

On May 25, around 10 a.m., I was stopped at the Alberni highway red light waiting to turn left onto Highway 19a in Parksville.

On May 25, around 10 a.m., I was stopped at the Alberni highway red light waiting to turn left onto Highway 19a in Parksville.

When my light turned green I was about to drive on when a very large, very long, green flatbed truck, loaded with old tires, slowed at his red light and I thought was going to stop. Instead, he carried on and turned left on to the Alberni Highway in front of me. That is a very narrow turn, not helped by the large bump-out curb on the corner.

Fortunately, I had not moved very far or fast into the intersection. I honked my horn to alert the driver, but there was no way he could have reversed a rig of that size, so I sat petrified hoping he was skilled enough to manoeuvre the narrow turn and not hit me.

Had he done so, he could have killed me, perhaps himself, and possibly the occupants of the cars behind and beside me. Not to mention that there is a gas station on the corner there which might have caused a fire hazard in the event of a serious accident.

The trucking company that might recognize the description could consider checking their manifest to see who was driving at that hour on that day and route, and have him re-take some tests, including one for colour-blindness. He obviously doesn’t know his red from his green.

Joanne ChiperaParksville

Just Posted

Inspirational Parksville youngster Kaiden Finley dies after cancer battle

‘He was seriously the strongest 11-year-old’

Development cost charges considered to fund regional parks

DCCs to assist in funding land acquisitions and development

Parksville powerlifter qualifies for world championships

Buhler sets personal bests in both raw and equipped lifting events

Wires left dangling after van crashes into hydro pole in Dashwood

Road closed while BC Hydro crews dealt with situation

Police go on hunt for distracted drivers in Parksville Qualicum Beach

One motorist ticketed for not wearing a seatbelt and using a cellphone while driving

VIDEO: The ‘most cosmopolitan’ of butterflies could migrate to B.C.

The painted lady butterfly will likely arrive this summer from Southern California

Indecent caller handed 18-month conditional sentence

Vancouver Island man pleaded guilty to making indecent phone and video calls to women across B.C.

First Nations public art piece stolen in Nanaimo

Spindle Whorl went missing over the weekend, according to Nanaimo RCMP

Mexican restaurant in B.C. told to take down Mexican flag

General manager of Primo’s Mexican Grill in White Rock: ‘I’ve never heard of anything like this’

COLUMN: Smart phone too powerful a tool to yank from students’ hands

Rather than ban them from schools, let’s teach kids to harness their phone’s power and use it properly

B.C. river cleanup crew finds bag of discarded sex toys

Chilliwack volunteers stumble on unexpected find while removing 600 lbs of trash from riverway

Kamloops chamber of commerce director let go after controversial Facebook posts

Facebook account had derogatory comments about Muslims, Justin Trudeau

Is it a homicide? B.C. woman dies in hospital, seven months after being shot

Stepfather think Chilliwack case should now be a homicide, but IHIT has not confirmed anything

Sources say Trudeau rejected Wilson-Raybould’s conservative pick for high court

Wilson-Raybould said Monday “there was no conflict between the PM and myself”

Most Read