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Stricken semi driver coaxed off road

July 12, 2016 11:16 A.M.
Hwy. 91 through North Delta. (Google Earth)


It could have been a nasty crash.

Mounties credit proactive drivers and two alert RCMP officers for averting a potentially nasty crash on a Lower Mainland highway.

Sgt. Lorne Lecker with Deas Island Traffic Services says several 911 callers reported seeing a tractor-trailer unit swerving erratically on Hwy. 91 through North Delta early Monday.

The driver was apparently swerving between lanes and approaching the shoulder of Hwy. 91. Callers to 911 thought he may have been impaired.

Officers found the truck going 20 km/h along the highway, where the speed limit is 100 km/h.

They managed to coax him to stop the truck. After speaking to the driver, they realized he was not impaired, but suffering from an apparent medical crisis.

The 53-year-old Chilliwack man was transported to hospital and transferred to a larger facility due to the severity of his condition.

Lecker applauds the drivers who called 911 and the Mounties who handled the emergency, saying everyone involved may have helped save the man's life and the lives of others who could have been injured by an out-of-control truck.

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