Plow truck drivers who keep the treacherous roads of the Coquihalla summit have posted a video of YouTube to highlight the dangers of speeding past them while they’re at work.
VSA Highway Maintenance provides road, highway, and bridge maintenance over large stretches of the Coquihalla and have posted a video to YouTube sharing their horror stories with impatient drivers who speed past plow trucks in snowy conditions.
“A tractor hauling two trailers attempted to pass me on the right hand side. Once he got up beside me on my right-hand side, he was blinded by the funnel of snow and he swerved into me. it basically sent me 180 degrees on a dime into the ditch with him.”
Plow operators say drivers need to exercise caution when sharing the roads.
“The worst is when we get people trying to pass. It creates a dangerous situation for the person trying to pass and the person operating the plow truck.”
“We’re not here to get in your way. We all want to make it home to our families at the end of the day, too.”
Drivers say there have been nine collisions on the Coquihalla between drivers and plow trucks and are asking for patience.
“If you see a plow ahead of you and the driver is plowing snow to the right, don’t try to pass. Stay back and once the plow truck gets a lineup behind him, he’ll find a spot where it’s safe to pull over to the right and let the traffic go by.”
A snowfall warning is in effect for the Coquihalla this weekend, with 20 to 25 centimetres and heavy flurries expected to make for difficult driving conditions.