A semi-truck driver recently caught a GMC Sierra HD accidentally dropping an unsecured load of plywood out into a busy intersection on his dash camera.
This video was sent into the ViralHog YouTube account this week and starts as a GMC Sierra HD enters an intersection in Kanata, Ontario with a medium-size load of plywood in its bed. As the truck comes into frame, the load of building material falls out of the bed and clatters onto the road, landing directly in the path of the traffic following behind. A white Honda Civic is forced to hit the brakes and swerve to avoid running over the wood, while a Chevy Express utility van and a white Hyundai Elantra driving behind the Civic are also forced to drive around the debris.
There’s no word on if the GMC Sierra HD driver returned to pick up their building materials, nor is it clear if they even realized the wood had fallen out. It would be a shame if they arrived on the job site with an empty bed, though – especially considering the price of plywood right now.
Drivers in Ontario can be ticketed $130 for an unsecured load, according to the Ontario Court of Justice, while the fine for commercial vehicle drivers is a bit higher at $310. These Canadian fines may not be massive, though it’s still important to ensure your truck’s load is always fastened down correctly. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, road debris was a factor in a total of more than 200,000 police-reported crashes between 2011 and 2014, resulting in approximately 39,000 injuries and 500 deaths. The majority of fatal crashes involving road debris were caused when the driver swerved to avoid the debris.
Check out the video embedded below for a quick and straightforward reminder of why it’s important to secure your truck’s load.