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2014-01-31 at NOON

OPP search for driver

OPP Traffic Sgt. Ken Mantey
Jamie Smith, tbnewswatch.com
OPP Traffic Sgt. Ken Mantey
By Jamie Smith, tbnewswatch.com

The OPP are trying to find the driver who attempted an unsafe pass caught on video.

The video, which has been viewed nearly 350,000 times on YouTube, shows a near head-on collision between two transport drivers near Nipigon on Jan. 4.

In the video a south-bound driver begins to make an unsafe pass around a snowplow forcing a northbound driver, who captured the pass on a dashboard camera, into a guardrail.

OPP traffic Sgt. Ken Mantey said the Nipigon detachment did respond to the collision but didn't have access to the video at the time.

Now that it's out, the OPP forensic team will investigate it to try and identify the south-bound driver.

"It's almost unbelievable that that's occurring on our highways," Mantey said.

Driving to conditions, which were snowy that day, and some quick thinking from the northbound driver made a situation unfortunate instead of fatal.

"He does what he can," Mantey said. 

The snow plow driver being passed stopped after the collision to help the driver. When making a pass the onus is on the person making it to do so safely. While being passed a driver should try and slow down to allow a pass if they see something unsafe happening but in this case it happened so quickly the snowplow driver did the right thing. 

"Really he just did what he could do," Mantey said. "There was nowhere for him to go."
The situation could call for anything from a criminal code dangerous driving charge to a careless driving or unsafe pass charge under the Highway Traffic Act. But Mantey said it's too early in the investigation to make that call. 

Anyone who has tips is asked to call the OPP Nipigon detachment or Crimestoppers.





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razor_burn says:
Too little too late OPP. Just like always.
2/2/2014 1:43:33 PM
kitti says:
I had a transport cut me off going up Red River Road where it turns into one lane on Dawson, and yes it happens everywhere. He was in the outside lane and moved over so fast without any signals I was pushed into oncoming traffic that had to swerve out of the way so they wouldn't hit me and the cars behind me that also got pushed out of the way. There was no time for me to either slow down or speed up he just came racing up the outside lane and people were honking at him but it didn't seem to matter.
2/1/2014 9:31:10 PM
Papercut says:

You understand that the intersection I was refering to has NO MERGE lane. The truckers in question are pulling onto the highway and then moving to the shoulder.

2/1/2014 4:09:29 PM
kensington says:
should have hit the back of the trailer instead of the guardrails, then he would have been caught and charged.
2/1/2014 10:16:34 AM
pc says:
then someone might have been dead. Not much good charging the offender of the victim is dead. At least not to the victim.
Certainly hope he is caught and charged. Too bad it couldn't be attempted murder since that could have been the result. Murder by vehicle.
Sounds good to me.
2/1/2014 11:54:55 AM
livewire says:
Driver should have his license revoked for good plus a hefty fine!
2/1/2014 7:26:31 AM
windigo says:
One of the issues we have in Thunder \Bay is drivers like papercut not knowing how to drive. The idea of a merge lane is the driver merging goes to highway speed, and other drivers, going highway speed, let them in, not force them to stop,or pull to the shoulder. You should take a driving lesson, or at least one of common courtesy. idiot.
1/31/2014 10:27:03 PM
MarathonLogger says:
I'd like to point out that specific intersection does not have a merge lane at all, though i would agree there is very little sharing of the roadways in the district, from all drivers, commercial, or passenger. It's a me first mentality, and common courtesy is extremely rare. We don't have many proper merge lanes in this city at all, and it's amazing how many timid drivers simply stop at the apex of a long merge lane/ramp, and seem to wait there for an opening, even though in some cases there is probably 1/3 of a mile or more to easily merge in.

The intersection when the chip and log trucks are northbound from chippewa road is simply a yield for those exiting, though i'd hope the MTO does put in a dedicated merge lane suitable for commercial traffic soon. If the bridge will not be reopened to passenger traffic, that intersection will be a headache forever.
2/1/2014 11:18:10 AM
pc says:
In all our years of traveling the highways north and south I have had more near misses with other cars than with the transports. There are bad drivers in all vehicles so you have to drive defensively. I do not mean slow just be aware of all that is around you.
We travel most often now with the video camera running. It is sometimes fun to redo the trip. Also may save us money on insurance claims.
Remember trucks cannot slow down as quickly as cars so don't pull in in front of them when you are passing. Give them room to maneuver.
1/31/2014 10:12:38 PM
fluffy says:
That so called driver trying to pass likely has never seen snow before...
1/31/2014 9:36:13 PM
Gord says:
Happens all too often - I hope they find who the guy is and nail him with whatever they can. Drive Hwy 11 between Nipigon and Hearst any given day - they should give you a free T-Shirt if you make it alive through that stretch.
1/31/2014 6:33:53 PM
Ranma says:
Too many people have already died this year on our highways because of drivers like this. We need our highways divided up here. We have an extreme amount of transport traffic as this is the only highway that they can use. Until this highway is divided across the country, expect more events like this, and worse ones as well.

Anyone remember the 6 transport pileup last year at Upsula because the jerk transport driver tried to pass another driver on a double solid line?
1/31/2014 6:12:30 PM
eddylives says:
""It's almost unbelievable that that's occurring on our highways," Mantey said."

Buddy.....get your arse in one of the plows for a few shifts and you will see how often this crap happens lmfao.
I would spend more time doing paperwork and reports than plowing if I reported every "near miss" I have while operating the equipment on our hwy's.
As an operator I can only say until people smarten up this kind of crap will continue.
1/31/2014 2:12:07 PM
Curious says:
I certainly sympathize with the plow drivers! You get paid crappy wages, yet you are taking your life in your hands every time you get in those plows - which I might add are a friggen joke in these areas! As soon as the idiots with summer tires slide on the highway, get into an accident they blame the plow drivers - then they complain to the ministry about poor maintenance. Lousy drivers always have to lay blame elsewhere - the idiots at the ministry and Toronto should keep their noses out of the road maintenance operations and let them do their job properly. A bunch of overpaid yahoos sit back in their big fancy chairs and need a Christmas bonus so they decide to fine the road maintenance crews for doing what they are told by those same know-it-alls. Yes, some fines are in order, but no where near the number the said.
Keep up the good work to all of the great crew TRYING to keep our highways as clean as possible and as safe as possible. (they need better equipment for this area!)
2/1/2014 10:05:48 AM
Papercut says:
Well....just this AM I was faced with a similar situation where a very careless transport driver just about caused and accident as they didn't stop but simply entered onto Hwy61 from chippewa Rd and then pulled to the shoulder eventhough the car infront of me, and I was travelling at highway speed very close to the intersection.

Some of these drivers are very rude at best, downright dangerous at worst!

Yup...I understand that you get paid per load...BUT, it doesn't give you the right to ENDANGER lives to do so.

I sincerely hope the OPP can identify the driver of that truck in the video...that person should not be driving a tricycle let alone a transport!
1/31/2014 2:02:30 PM
cazam says:
I don't know about "unbelievable." If you drive the highways frequently enough you will find that it is not only the big trucks that take these types of risks but all kinds of vehicles. This is certainly an example of good use of technology and if I were an commercial vehicle operated I would use such devices as well as GPS to crack down on reckless driving habits.

1/31/2014 1:28:54 PM
DRL1979 says:
I wonder if it is possible to make it mandatory for all transport trucks to have cameras installed. That way they could be viewed after accidents or even sporadically to ensure drivers are following rules.
1/31/2014 1:25:25 PM
rootbear says:
There probably wouldn't be enough OPP manpower for that!
1/31/2014 1:49:21 PM
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