DRTA reveals details about upcoming annual MTO Information Night
WHITBY, Ont. — The Durham Region Transportation Association (DRTA)
has announced it is hosting its annual MTO Information on March 8,
The session will feature Joe Lynch from the MTO as the guest speaker
who will cover topics like: E-logs, oversized/overweight load permits,
LCVs, driver training requirements, and wheel separations. Lynch will
also be taking questions from the audience, the DRTA said.
To reserve your spot at this free event for members, email
email@example.com. Organizers encourage those interested to register soon as
the event sold out last year.
The event is set to take place in the Theatre Room at Abilities
Centre at 5 Gordon Street in Whitby, Ont. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the
session begins at 7 p.m.
DETROIT (WXYZ) - Amidst a heated political debate in Washington
about how to best protect our nation's borders, federal agencies are
turning their attention to ferreting out corruption within their own
ranks and other law enforcement.
"We’re speaking of the anomaly
here," said Aaron Poyer, who leads the Detroit Customs and Border
Protection Office of Professional Responsibility. "That agent who
succumbs to some life situation that they end up being somehow
compromised or enticed by a criminal organization to go to the dark
This week, the Detroit offices of the FBI and Customs and
Border Protection are launching a campaign against corruption at the
US-Canadian border among agents and officers. While border corruption
is most prevalent along the U.S and Mexican border, the head of the
Detroit FBI says Michigan's border with Canada faces plenty of serious
and unique threats every day.
"It might be allowing someone to bring in illegal aliens," said David Gelios, Special Agent in Charge of the Detroit FBI. "It could even be facilitating the entry of a truck into the United States which might contain the components of a bomb."
among border agents doesn’t always make news, but it is a
well-documented problem nationwide. Since 2004, 197 Customs and Border
Protection Agents have faced corruption-related charges. Sometimes,
those agents are in Detroit.
Only a few months ago, Immigration
and Customs Enforcement Agent Clifton Divers was indicted, accused of
conspiring with a Birmingham attorney to allow immigrants to avoid
deportation. According to the indictment, Divers falsified official
records, claiming that Albanian, Iraqi and Mexican nationals needed to
stay in the U.S. because they were assisting in criminal
He did it, says the indictment, in exchange for
more than $5,000 in free legal work. Divers is still awaiting trial.
Last Fall, he entered a plea of not guilty.
"For those employees
who are involved in facilitating illegal conduct," Gelios said, "they
really erode away at the faith the public has in their government and
their government officials."
Detecting border corruption isn’t
easy. Just this month, six current and former TSA agents were indicted
for their role in a massive smuggling operation that spanned 18
years—allegedly accepting bribes to help traffic more than 20 tons of
cocaine into the US.
If there are dirty agents or officers here
in Detroit, officials are hoping you’ll help blow the whistle. This
week, they’re launching a new campaign aimed at soliciting tips.
Billboards with the FBI's phone number have been popping up throughout
the area asking for information, even if it’s anonymous.
knows something," Poyer said. "Someone in the community, a neighbor, a
family member, a co-worker. We’re hoping to reach out to people who
sense something is wrong."
To report a tip of border corruption, you can call the Detroit FBI at 313 965-2323 or submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov.
Highway 3 in Yellowknife reopens after overturned tanker truck cleared
Road was closed for hours at intersection with Deh Cho Boulevard
N.W.T. Highway 3 was closed for most of the afternoon at
the intersection with Deh Cho Boulevard, where a tanker truck
overturned. (Randall McKenzie/CBC)
N.W.T. Highway 3 in Yellowknife has reopened after a tanker truck overturned near the intersection with Deh Cho Boulevard.
The truck overturned at about 12:15 p.m. Monday. RCMP say the driver of the truck did not require medical attention.
The tanker truck has since been uprighted.
Yellowknife RCMP, Department of Transportation and Highway Patrol,
Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Yellowknife Airport
Fire Department, and the Yellowknife Fire Department and Emergency
Medical Services responded.
RCMP say they are not investigating the rollover but assisted in
securing the scene. They also used a drone to conduct a scene survey to
help the departments of Transportation and ENR.
An RCMP Unmanned Aerial Vehicle took this
image of a tanker truck rolled over on N.W.T. Highway 3 in Yellowknife
Monday afternoon. (Yellowknife RCMP)
TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Ministry of Transportation will need to
replace inspection stations on the eastbound and westbound stretches of
Highway 401 in Milton, Ontario -- and it’s looking to the Ontario
Trucking Association for design ideas.
The new stations, linked to the highway’s widening in 2019-20, are to be located between Highway 6 south and regional road 25.
Members of the Ontario Trucking Association who want to offer ideas
on locations or design features have been asked to submit comments by
March 9, the group says.
There is no word at this time as to whether feedback is being collected from other sources.
The tested drone can carry packages weighing up to 10 pounds.
LITHIA, FL – UPS says it has successfully tested a drone that
launches from the top of one of its famed package cars, delivering a
package to a home and returning to the truck while the driver continues
along the route.
The test was conducted in Tampa, Florida on Monday with Ohio-based
Workhorse Group, which developed the electric truck and drone used in
The Workhorse HorseFly™ UAV Delivery system includes an octocopter
delivery drone that docks on the roof of the truck. A cage underneath
the drone extends through a hatch in the truck. The driver loads the
package into the cage and sends the rechargeable drone on its pre-set
autonomous flight. It has a 30-minute flight time and can carry packages
that weigh up to 10 pounds.
“This test is different than anything we’ve done with drones so far.
It has implications for future deliveries, especially in rural
locations where our package cars often have to travel miles to make a
single delivery,” said Mark Wallace, UPS senior vice president of global
engineering and sustainability. “Imagine a triangular delivery route
where the stops are miles apart by road. Sending a drone from a package
car to make just one of those deliveries can reduce costly miles driven.
This is a big step toward bolstering efficiency in our network and
reducing our emissions at the same time.”
Saving each of the company’s 66,000 delivery drivers just one mile
per day over the course of a year can reportedly save UPS US $50
“Drivers are the face of our company, and that won’t change,”
Wallace said. “What’s exciting is the potential for drones to aid
drivers at various points along their routes, helping them save time and
deliver on increasing customer service needs that stem from the growth
“It’s wonderful to see this technology applied in such a practical
way,” said Stephen Burns, Workhorse founder and Chief Executive Officer.
Last September, UPS staged a mock delivery of medication between
Beverly, Massachusetts and an island three miles off the Atlantic Coast.
Drones have also been used to deliver blood and vaccines to remote
locations in Rwanda.
OTA, Indo-Canadian Chamber of Commerce to host town hall meeting
TORONTO, Ont. — The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) and the
Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) is hosting a trucking issues town
hall meeting in order to mark the recent memorandum of understanding
(MoU) between the organizations.
The town hall is being held at the Westin Toronto Airport hotel, near
OTA’s offices on Wed. Feb. 22 from 6-8 p.m. The event will feature
updates on key issues like ELDs, mandatory entry level training, ESDC
audits, and other key matters affecting the industry. OTA will have its
key staff on hand to answer questions from the audience There will also
be plenty of time for OTA carriers to network with leaders from the
rapidly growing South Asian business and transportation communities. OTA
is expecting between 75 to 100 delegates from ICCC to attend.
The event is open only to OTA and ICCC members and registration is free.
The Department of Energy, to the consternation of environmental
groups, is preparing to transport 6,000 gallons of highly toxic liquid
nuclear waste over American roadways.
The liquid waste will be transported in at least 100 to 150 truck trips over a three-year period.
The spent nuclear fuel is "target residue material" containing highly
enriched uranyl nitrate—which after processing can be used as fuel. The
DOE has spent years planning for the transfer of the waste from
Canada's Chalk River Laboratories in Ontario to the Savannah River Site,
a reprocessing facility in South Carolina. It will be transported in at
least 100 to 150 separate truck shipments over a period of about three
years, encased in cannisters normally used to transport solids that have
been retrofitted to handle liquids. For security reasons, DOE won't
reveal the exact timing or routes of the shipments. But elected
officials in states it is likely to pass through are concerned about
Until earlier this month,
the transfer was held up by a lawsuit from environmental and nuclear
safety groups, including the Sierra Club and Beyond Nuclear. The groups
demanded an environmental impact statement, a step typically required in
such cases, but a DC district court judge ruled
that the plan had received sufficient DOE review and so an EIS was
unnecessary. The shipments are now expected to begin this spring.
A spokesman for the Savannah River Site says the DOE will receive $60
million to cover the cost of moving and processing the material,
although that figure may have changed. The deal was initiated in 2008 by
Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, which oversees that country's nuclear
waste, because Chalk River doesn't have the means to convert the liquid
waste into a solid. The United States originally gave the highly
enriched uranium, then in solid form, to the Canadian facility for
research and to produce medical isotopes. "Repatriation will reduce
proliferation risks by consolidating highly enriched uranium inventories
in fewer locations around the world," an AECL spokeswoman said in an
Solid nuclear waste is already transported on US roads, as are nuclear weapons,
raising concerns about security. But the fact that this material is in
liquid form is what makes these shipments particularly worrisome.
Despite assurances from the DOE that the liquid is no more dangerous to
ship than solid waste, the scientists behind the lawsuit beg to differ.
If solid waste material "fell into a reservoir of drinking water or a
river, lake, or stream, it could perhaps be retrieved with a minimum
degree of contamination," Gordon Edwards, co-founder of the Canadian
Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility, noted in a legal brief. "The
situation is very different when the radioactive material is in liquid
form. It would be essentially irretrievable."
"People have to really worry...Knowing that accidents do happen, we have to be careful."
Edwards, a mathematician, told me he thinks a leak is unlikely, but
the consequences could be dire. By his analysis, less than two ounces of
the radioactive uranium liquid could destroy a city's water supply—he
used the Georgetown reservoir for his calculations. And since potential
shipment routes go over bridges and come close to critical waterways, he
and the others are Edwards are pushing for every precaution. "People
have to really worry," he said. "Knowing that accidents do happen, we
have to be careful."
A bill introduced in the House by Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) would
require a risk analysis by the Department of Homeland Security prior to
the transfer of any nuclear materials. New York Democratic Rep. Brian
Higgins helped craft the bill. He's worried about nuclear materials
crossing the Peace Bridge, a likely entry point into the United States,
crossing the Niagara River into Buffalo, New York, from Fort Erie,
After clearing the House earlier this month, the bill is now with the
Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs. "While
the Department of Energy may not believe a full environmental review is
mandated, it is certainly the right thing to do," Higgins wrote in a
statement. "Hazardous materials, never-before-transported, are scheduled
to move through our backyard and the communities impacted have every
right to demand a full and adequate assessment before that happens."
'We're advising motorists to please hunker down on Thursday,' RCM
After 75 motorists were stranded in the blizzard this week, RCMP urge drivers to heed weather warnings
RCMP in New Brunswick are asking drivers to stay home
during Thursday's expected storm. Sgt. Chantal Farrah said first
responders don't want a repeat of earlier this week, when 75 drivers had
to be rescued during a blizzard. (CBC)
As another winter storm approaches New Brunswick, RCMP Sgt. Chantal
Farrah is asking drivers to heed weather warnings and stay off the
highways on Thursday.
When drivers go their own way, regardless of weather and road
conditions, it is frustrating and difficult for first responders, she
said, pointing to the blizzard Monday.
More than 75 motorists called 911 after becoming stranded on provincial roads.
"We're advising motorists to please hunker down on Thursday ... just
so we don't have a repeat of what we just went through," Farrah said.
Environment Canada has issued weather warnings for Wednesday night
and Thursday, with 15 to 25 centimetres of snow expected in southern,
central and eastern areas.
Gary Howard, a vice-president with CAA in the Maritimes, wasn't surprised to hear so many people ended up stuck in the blizzard.
"There's a good reason for those warnings," Howard told Information Morning Moncton. "It seems like Canadians forget what it's like to drive in the winter."
'Just be nice'
Howard said that during the winter, drivers should always have at
least half a tank of gas and make sure they clear all of the snow from
'[Truckers] want to get to a safe
place just as bad as everyone else and they don't go out there thinking,
"I can plow my way through whatever I want.'''
- Jean-Marc Picard, Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association
"One thing I see quite a bit is people driving quickly through
residential areas or through commercial areas and very often ... you're
trying to come out of a driveway and snowbanks are so high that you
can't really see around," Howard said.
"My rule of thumb is, just be nice."
He also advises drivers to have a survival kit in their vehicle with a
retractable shovel, emergency lighting, food, a first aid kit, a
blanket and a tuque.
"In the event that you do break down, try to stay with your vehicle.
It's safer for you to be in the vehicle than walking down the side of
the road — especially in bad weather conditions."
Truckers under pressure
On Monday at least three trucks were stranded on the Trans
Canada between Moncton and Fredericton, according to officials
with MRDC, the company that manages the highway.
Jean-Marc Picard, executive director of the Atlantic Provinces
Trucking Association, said most companies did take their trucks off the
"There's always a few stragglers that are on their way home, or at a
truck stop ... and they decide to do that last stretch ... but I can
tell you most of my members on Tuesday didn't have any of their trucks
Most transport trucks were pulled off the
roads during the blizzard this week, but at least three were stranded
and spent the night on the highway between Moncton and Fredericton.
Picard said winds have the biggest impact on transport trucks, and companies take their responsibility very seriously.
"You've got to be conscientious of that, so they make the decision
themselves to stay off the roads and for that reason they're not risking
their drivers' safety, the public's safety and, obviously, damaging the
truck or the load."
Canadian truckers want uninhibited cross-border movement
Trump, Trudeau commit to cargo pre-clearance, international bridge completion
The first meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Feb. 13 produced some
“substantive issues” of interest to the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA).
The CTA noted that in the press conference following the meeting,
Trump spoke about the “outstanding” Canada-U.S. trade relationship.
While there were no specifics provided on the future of NAFTA,
instead the leaders affirmed in a joint statement of the “importance of
building on (the) existing strong foundation for trade and investment
and further deepening our relationship, with the common goal of
strengthening the middle class.”
The two leaders agreed that border security continues to be “a top
priority,” but struck a balanced tone in terms of security versus trade.
Trump suggested that “tweaks” could be undertaken to improve the border for both countries.
He described the U.S.’ trade relationship between Canada to be “much
less severe” than the situation at the southern border with Mexico.
Both leaders said they “look forward to the expeditious completion of
the Gordie Howe International Bridge (between Windsor and Detroit),
which will serve as a vital economic link between our two countries.”
The trucking alliance took note of the two leaders’ joint statement
recognizing “the success of pre-clearance operations for travelers” and
their commitment “to establishing pre-clearance operations for cargo.”
Doepker adds new line to its selection of semi-trailers
ANNAHEIM, Sask. – Doepker Industries has added the Edmonton
Trailer Manufacturing line to its portfolio, which include sliding tilt
decks, low beds, crane dollies, jeeps and boosters.
Dirk Woestenenk, previous general manager of Edmonton Trailer
Manufacturing, has joined Doepker as the companies heavy haul division
“This is a great fit within the strategic growth plan of Doepker,”
said Evan Doepker, president and CEO of Doepker. “We have been looking
for ways to grow our capabilities and this addition enables us to supply
a proven design to both new and existing customers. Dirk brings many
years of experience in the industry. Having him join the Doepker team
adds to our bench strength and will ensure that the integration process
Doepker Industries is a manufacturer of semi-trailers in Canada for
the agriculture, commercial, gravel, logging, heavy haul and energy
sectors and has a head office in Annaheim, Sask.
Mack Trucks names Vision Truck Group 2016 North American Dealer of the Year
Slotegraaf, president of Vision Truck Group (center right), accepts the
Mack Trucks 2016 North American Dealer of the Year award from Dayle
Wetherell, Mack regional vice president, Canada (left), Jonathan
Randall, senior vice president of sales, Mack Trucks North America
(center left), and Dennis Slagle, president, Mack Trucks (right).
Mack Trucks has named Ontario-based Vision Truck Group as its 2016
North American Dealer of the Year. It also received the overall Customer
The dealership reached 189 percent of its sales goal for the year and
hit 25 percent market share in its respective region, Mack reports. It
also marked its 50th anniversary in 2016 and “made significant
investments in facilities, services and people.”
“Vision Truck Group exemplifies the kind of organization customers
are drawn to, and for good reason,” says Jonathan Randall, senior vice
president of sales for Mack Trucks North America. “The service, support
and dedication they provide keeps their customers on the road and
earning, and Mack Trucks is proud to be their partner.”
Vision Truck Group has six commercial truck centers in southwestern
Ontario, and offers a “certified and solutions-based modification team,
enhancing vocational trucks for optimum performance,” Mack says.
The company also named regional sales division winners for 2016 performance. These include:
Bergey’s Truck Center, Souderton, Pennsylvania
Transource Truck and Trailer Center, Greensboro, North Carolina
M&K Truck Centers, Chicago, Illinois
East Texas Mack Sales, Longview, Texas
Mountain West Truck Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
Vision Truck Group, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
Nextran Rental and Leasing, Jacksonville, Florida, was named the Mack
Leasing North America Dealer of the Year and Mack of Nashville LLC,
Nashville, Tennessee, was named the North America Remarketing Dealer of
Close call as fuel tanker truck burns up in Dawson City
'It could have been a very ugly scene,' says fire chief Jim Regimbal
Quick thinking and a daring act may have saved Dawson City from a major disaster in the town's industrial area on Sunday.
A fire broke out in the cab of a fuel truck that was parked in the
area. Fire chief Jim Regimbal says the truck was close to a building and
three other fuel trucks — some of them full.
"It could have been a very ugly scene," Regimbal said. "Bulk fuel all
over the area and no hydrants in place. So worst case scenario, you've
got four fully-involved vehicles, explosions, a workshop with injuries."
People on the scene quickly called 911.
Instead of idly waiting for fire crews, someone leaped into action to contain the damage.
"They actually hooked onto the tanker and pulled it back from the
building a few feet," said deputy fire chief Dave Taylor. "It wasn't too
far away from the building."
Firefighters arrived shortly after and doused the blaze. Nobody was hurt and damage was restricted to the one vehicle.
"Is it something that I would recommend, that people jump in vehicles
and move them away when the vehicle beside them is on fire? No,"
"But fantastic quick thinking probably averted what could have been a much uglier situation."
It's not known yet what caused the fire, but Taylor says fire officials believe it was electrical.
"Not much left of the truck to do an investigation on," he said.
MARKHAM, ON – Provider of online safety and compliance training
tools, CarriersEdge has introduced a customizable driver survey that can
give fleets insight into company performance and driver satisfaction.
“Every year when we produce the Best Fleets to Drive For program with
the Truckload Carriers Association we survey thousands of drivers,
collecting feedback on what they like and don’t like about their
companies,” says Jane Jazrawy, Chief Executive Officer. “Smarter fleets
use those results internally in their decision-making processes and the
most successful fleets are companies that regularly poll drivers for
feedback on various aspects of the job.”
Now CarriersEdge customers can create and customize multiple surveys
of their own, and supply drivers with a chance to submit comments as
well. Carriers can assign surveys to all drivers, or assign surveys to a
specific group or division. Access limits can be set for the surveys
and carriers will be able to choose whether the surveys are anonymous or
named. In addition, result reports can be viewed in an overall view or
by individual responses with multiple filter options.
Carriers will also be able to select from survey templates, some of
which were based on concepts collected through the Best Fleet to Drive
For program. The template subjects include employee engagement, driver
exit and shipping ratings.
For example, the shipper rating survey gives carriers the ability to
ask a driver to rate a load or experience briefly after completing a
“Our customers now have the power to use the same questionnaire we
use in the Best Fleets To Drive For program or to create their own
surveys about company-specific initiatives as often as they’d like,”
One week left to take the youth in trucking survey: Trucking HR Canada
OTTAWA, Ont. — Trucking HR Canada is calling on
all employers and employees in the Canadian trucking industry to have
their say and complete its youth in trucking survey.
The survey is part of Trucking HR Canada’s plan to develop a national employment strategy for youth in the industry.
The short survey covers three
main themes, including: attraction, engagement, and challenges.
Trucking HR Canada says participation will help in assessing what some
of the issues are so it can effectively address them.
“We need to identify ways to better attract, recruit, and retain young people in the trucking workforce,” said Angela Splinter, CEO of Trucking HR Canada. “We want to hear from industry so that we can assess and ultimately address what some of the challenges are.”
The online survey takes approximately 10 minutes
to complete, is fully anonymous, and is open to anyone with an opinion
on this subject matter, including; managers, HR personnel, drivers,
young people, etc.
PETERBILT: Robbie Rose's fine masterpiece from Kloss.
THERE'S something in the air at Koroit,
Victoria. It's not the smell of diesel and oil. It's not the sound of
Cummins and CAT motors idling by. It's not even the huge array of highly
polished fleets, show and shine or living history.
Now that would be plenty for most truck lovers, but Koroit has added an indefinable ingredient.
It's something palpable in the atmosphere that seemed to affect all those who attended the Koroit Truck Show on January 21.
It's an atmosphere that has put this show right at the top of the trucking tree.
McCosker, Graeme Morris, Richard Allen, Julie, Janelle, Colin, Robert
and Fitzy (who always turns up a couple of days before the event)
exceeded all expectations - I suspect even including their own.
of the show was plain for all to see in the form of the 'Hay Truck'
positioned on the Warrnambool - Port Fairy road at the Koroit turn off.
The local bad-element thought it would be fun to burn it to the ground,
but the committee and friends pulled out all stops to resurrect it.
gate takings are used for the betterment of local charities, donated
goods (some $25,000 worth) are used as prizes for the category winners
in conjunction with the obligatory dust-gathering trophies.
vouchers, truck wash, drive tyres and cash are all great incentives for
truckies to come along and enter their pride and joy.
"We appreciate the efforts that everyone makes in coming here,” Shirl said.
"We decided from the beginning that we should give back as much as possible.”
Young was there in hope of being one of the lucky ones. Driving for
Hamilton based KAC, he drives a 104B Kenworth. Prior to his new-found
profession, Gary was a tree arborist for 20 years.
"The change of scenery has been a good move and it's nice to be closer to the ground.”
February 14 - For the past year, Ontario Trucking Association has
been working closely with Ontario Ministry of Transport Ministry (MTO)
on several initiatives aimed at streamlining the permitting process for
oversized and overweight loads in Ontario, Canada.
Last summer the MTO confirmed the first round of
changes were being implemented. This included changes to the duration of
single trip permits from four to seven days, as well as the extension
of weekend travel to include loads over current annual dimensions
(excluding superloads). It also included return empty permits being
issued at the same time as the loaded permit.
"There is no
doubt these changes were welcomed by the industry and are making a
difference for carriers," said Jonathan Blackham, OTA's
policy and government affairs assistant. "In a recent meeting with MTO,
we were also pleased to hear work will continue to streamline the
permitting process in Ontario, which will benefit our carrier members
and the overall supply chain."
Some of the 2017 projects being
examined include the exploration of the options for electronic single
trip permits; the expansion of online capabilities to include
self-routing and self-issuance options for single trip permits and a
review of the current annual, project and batch permit policies, to
develop a better product (simplifying the permit to increase the speed
of issuance for all permits).
It was also confirmed that a delivery model for non-police escorting
options (including necessary legislative changes as well as training and
programme development) is underway.
It is expected that much
of the ground work in this area can be completed over 2017. OTA said it
will be holding a meeting involving its heavy specialised division and
MTO officials, so members can provide direct input.
B.C. – As paving season approaches, the stretch of highway 19 between
Courtenay and Campbell River, British Columbia will receive a fresh coat
of asphalt under two road projects.
Beginning in spring, the slow
lanes in both directions of Highway 19 between Comcox Valley Parkway and
Jubilee Parkway will be resurfaced using Hot-in-Place (HIP) recycle
paving. Sections of the slow lanes between Jubilee Parkway and 14th
Street in Campbell River will be repaired and repaved using a
Once complete in the fall, roughly 50 kilometers will have been
repaved in both directions. About 15 kilometers of local side roads
like Comox Road, Anderton Road, and Ryan Road will also get resurfaced.
million contract for HIP recycle paving was awarded to ARC Asphalt
Recycling of Kamloops. The $2.5 million contract for the mill-and-fill
resurfacing has been awarded to O.K. Industries of Victoria.
This work is part of the province’s plan to invest $386 million over three years to resurface provincial highways.
Semi-truck rollover strands about 40 vehicles west of Calgary
vechicles are shown on the side of Highway 1 west of Calgary, Alta
following a multiple vehicle accident near Scott Lake Hill on Friday
December 23, 2016. The incident snarled holiday traffic hours as
travellers and commuted hit the highway. Jim Wells/Postmedia
Around 40 vehicles are stuck in traffic west of the city after a rollover on the Trans-Canada Highway.
Shortly after 7 p.m. on Monday, emergency crews were called to an area
near Scott Lake Hill on the Trans-Canada Highway west of the city for
reports of a semi-truck that had rolled over.
Fire Chief Randy Smith with the Rocky View Fire Service said both
eastbound lanes of the Trans-Canada near Hermitage Road have been
blocked off due to the incident and traffic has come to a standstill.
"Everybody is jammed in behind coming back in to Calgary here," Smith
said. "So it will be pretty busy and it won’t be long that it will be
more than (40 cars).” Smith said emergency services from Spring Bank and Cochrane responded to the scene. No one was injured in the incident.