Safety Reminder After Driver Hurt By Lumber

December 18, 2018

A truck driver was injured in an incident in Pembroke, when a piece of lumber fell off one truck and broke through the windshield of another truck, striking the driver in the face.

A police spokesperson said, “A truck driver was hurt in an incident that occurred on St. John’s Road in Pembroke near the junction with Marsh Folly Road Monday morning [December 17th]. Police officers and fellow first responders attended the scene around 11:20am.

“It appears that two trucks were being driven in opposite directions along St. John’s Road when a piece of lumber fell off the truck traveling in the eastbound lane and broke through the windshield of the westbound truck – striking that vehicle’s driver in the face.

“The same piece of wood also damaged a window on the right side of the westbound truck and was apparently part of a larger load of lumber secured to the eastbound vehicle.

“The truck driver hurt in the incident, said to be a 36-year-old Smith’s parish man, was transported to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital via ambulance for treatment of injuries described as non-life threatening.

“At last check this afternoon [December 18th] he had been treated and discharged from hospital. There were no other injuries reported.

“Inquiries continue and any witnesses are asked to contact the main police telephone number 295-0011.”

While not speaking specifically to Monday morning’s incident, Chief Inspector Robert Cardwell issued a reminder regarding the unlawful carriage of loads.

He said, “In light of recent incidents on Bermuda roads involving the unlawful carriage of loads on vehicles, the Bermuda Police Service believes it is timely to remind the motoring public of the restrictions and requirements in law that are designed to ensure safety.

  • A load may not project laterally beyond the side of a four-wheeled vehicle; the load may not project laterally more than two feet from the side of any two wheeled vehicle.
  • A load may not project more than two feet to the front or rear of a private motor car or taxi; not more than ten feet to the front or rear of any truck; not more than four feet to the front or rear of a two wheeled vehicle.
  • The highest point of any load may not be more than 13 feet above the ground and any load with height may not be carried in such a way that danger is caused.
  • Where any load projects more than three feet to the rear of any vehicle a red cloth [12in x 18in] or a red lamp must be affixed to the end of the load.
  • The Minister may issue a permit allowing other types of loads.
  • A tarpaulin must cover any loose load such as sand, rubble or shrubbery

“A fixed penalty fine can be issued by a police officer to any motorist committing an unlawful load carrying offence.”

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  1. puzzled says:

    Old school 1609.

  2. knowyourhistory says:

    I hope the company that had the lumber on it, gets a huge fine and penalty. This accident could have been alot worse and the example needs to be set!!!!!

  3. Jibbahjabbah says:

    I just hope the bye is gonnah be ok

  4. Charlly X says:

    Someone needs licks n Safety Lessons!!!!! Lost for legal legible words to say ! Negligence or Ignorance ? Or just Didn’t Care ?

  5. spider says:

    I did not see any references to adequately securing loads. What I see most often is a minimalist approach to securing loads at times especially with regard to concrete block. In a perfect scenario yes shrink wrap will hold block together however perfect scenario’s usually are someone’s fantasy.

  6. burger says:

    saw a truck lose its stack of concrete blocks just last week, they tipped over onto a car by Tee street. The truckers or whoever is responsible also do not wrap and secure these dangerous loads. Last year or two years ago another block truck tipped its whole load on a sidewalk near me, because it wasnt wrapped right. These trucks could kill someone one day, so i think the ministers need to do a bit more than what they are. Its extremely dangerous and lack of regard for human lives to drive with a load like this.

  7. Motorist says:

    Like the ding dong that transported a fridge to the dump while it was standing up straight on top of the roof of a private care. WTH are people thinking? Clearly they’re not or just don’t give a dam.

    • Real Deal says:

      yeah cause they should have dumped it in the trees some where init

  8. Huh? says:

    Anothet example of how motoring laws are broken routinely by certain people.