Dump truck flips near Bamberton

This dump truck flipped on the Malahat near Bamberton. - courtesy Shawnigan RCMP
This dump truck flipped on the Malahat near Bamberton.
— image credit: courtesy Shawnigan RCMP

Police continue to investigate a Tuesday morning crash that saw a dump truck filled with several thousand pounds of rock overturn on the Trans-Canada Highway near Bamberton.

“One witness described the truck travelling too fast for such a sharp corner,” Shawnigan Lake RCMP Sgt. Rob Webb wrote in an email. “A combination of speed, the shifting of the rock, as well while in the turn one tire blew out on the driver’s side of the vehicle, all playing a part in the truck overturning.”

The truck flipped onto its side at about 9 a.m. on Tuesday. Paramedics, Shawnigan RCMP plus the Integrated Road Safety Unit and volunteer firefighters from the Mill Bay and Malahat stations all attended the scene.

Police said the loaded dump truck was travelling northbound when it attempted to make a right-hand turn from the Trans-Canada Highway onto a private road at Bamberton.

“The truck was loaded with several thousand pounds of large rock and was unable to safely make the turn, ending up on its driver’s side, sending the rock spilling out of the truck,” Webb said, adding the driver was taken to Victoria General Hospital with minor injuries.

“Fortunately, no other vehicles were involved and minimal fuel was spilled,” he said. “Some of the rock ended up down an embankment, approximately 100 yards from the truck.”

Police continue to investigate with assistance from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement Division.

Webb noted a second truck from the same trucking company came upon the crash scene and, when weighed, was found to be carrying over the legal limit.

“The driver of that truck has been issued a violation ticket,” Webb said. “All trucks have been advised to take the more appropriate route farther north up the Trans-Canada Highway.”

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