Truck rolls over on reserve

Rollover accident scene on road to Hay River Reserve Lone occupant not injured Aug. 5, 2015 Hay River Reserve Photo courtesy of Ashlee Cail

Rollover accident scene on road to Hay River Reserve
Lone occupant not injured
Aug. 5, 2015
Hay River Reserve
Photo courtesy of Ashlee Cail

A small truck went off the road and ended up on its side on the Hay River Reserve last week, but no one was seriously injured.

According to the RCMP, the truck and its sole occupant went off the road at about 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 5.

The police and emergency medical services from the Hay River Fire Department responded to the accident scene, about 10 km down the road from the intersection with Highway 5.

Const. Elenore Sturko, the media relations officer with the RCMP’s ‘G’ Division in Yellowknife, said there will be no charges laid against the driver.

“It wasn’t an impaired or anything like that,” she said.

Instead, Sturko said, according to the police investigation, it appears the driver was making a turn, went too far into the oncoming lane and then overcorrected.

“It sounds like just maybe driver error,” she said.

Sturko declined to release information about the driver, including the person’s gender, age and hometown.

The constable said, in general, driver error is the cause of many accidents and collisions.

“It’s important to make sure that you’re practising safe driving habits, and there’s nothing wrong with reviewing driving manuals and stuff like that just to give you a reminder about shoulder checking and how to deal with skids, for example,” she said. “Those are all the kind of things that you might not get a lot of practice at doing.”