Re: "Man dies after truck sends rock smashing through windshield," Nov. 8.
First, my condolences to the family of the driver killed on Highway 18 - a flying rock (or any debris) from a passing truck is a real nightmare.
This may well not have been a rock caught in the load, though. It brings to mind an incident that I had, back in the 1970s, on the logging roads from Port Hardy to Gold River, then the only land connection from the North Island.
Our family was driving out for a family visit to the Vancouver area. As we drove along, a tow truck, pulling a dolly for a mobile home, came around the corner toward us. A rock, possibly weighing about 200 grams, was catapulted from the left rear dual wheels of the dolly. I recall watching the rock arc across the road, striking the windshield of our car low on the driver's side. The tow truck, the driver quite unaware of having launched this missile, vanished. Fortunately, the glass was not completely penetrated, though it had to be replaced, and we were able to complete the trip with no delay. However, it could so easily have been larger, and struck the windshield higher - with results more like those in this case.
Other than stopping every logging truck and physically inspecting and removing wedged rocks from between all dual wheels as each enters public highways, there is no way of preventing such an accident.
John A. Laidlaw
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