A highway rollover near Hanna a few days ago sends a message to big rig truckers and holiday travelers alike. Pay attention!
 
A truck hauling a load of pipe hit the ditch and rolled on Highway 9 last Thursday, May 31.
 
"I think he tapped the brakes to avoid a deer collision and the trailer kind of lurched off to the right side," explained Corporal Trent Sperlie of the Hanna RCMP. "The trailer wheels caught the edge of the road and pretty much pulled the whole unit into the ditch. While he was entering the ditch he hit an approach, which is what caused the rollover."
 
While the fault was not the driver's, Corporal Sperlie said it's a good lesson for what can happen when you don't pay attention at highway speeds.
 
"Distracted driving is extremely dangerous in that regard and it's not just getting your wheels off to the edge of the ditch, it's drifting across that centre line into oncoming traffic, or not seeing a pedestrian crossing the road," he elaborated. "It is so dangerous and it reduces your reaction time to almost zero."
 
The semi driver escaped with minor injuries, which Sperlie thinks was part luck and part good sense.
 
"If I was to give him some advice I'd say go buy a lottery ticket; how that cab ended up, he's very lucky to have walked away from it," he told Drum FM. "The indication is that he was wearing his seatbelt. Wear your seatbelt, absolutely!"
 
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