Delivery truck lost part of it load after it went off 30th Avenue and into a residential yard Wednesday (Pete McIntyre/Beach Radio News photo)
The BC Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement Agency has taken over an investigation into a truck hitting a house in Vernon.
RCMP say a 31 year old Burnaby man lost control of the delivery truck he was driving while attempting to drive up a steep part of 30th Avenue known as Suicide Hill Wednesday morning.
“The driver lost control of the truck when the breaks allegedly failed, causing the truck to go backwards down the hill and into a retaining wall on a residential property. The cause of the truck slowing or stopping on the hill is unknown at this time,” says Cst. Kelly Brett.
Two people were in the home at the time, Bob and Lucille Slonski, but they were not hurt and neither was the driver, but the truck and the house sustained extensive damage.
“The driver was issued a notice and order, under the Motor Vehicle Act, for insecure load and an inspection order to be completed. The investigation into the cause of the incident is on-going and the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP will continue to support the BC CVSE,” says Brett.
A Vernon couple got a scare this morning after a truck hit their house.
It happened on 30th Avenue at 25th Street, when a delivery truck was going up the steep portion of 30th known as Suicide Hill.
Resident Lucille Slonski says she heard a loud crash and looked out to see a truck in her yard.
“This truck outfit was going up Suicide Hill, and couldn’t make it, so he was either rolling back down, but instead of straight, I don’t know….He ended up going down over the bank, beyond the power pole, and landed up against the house, and the wall and fence,” Slonski tells Beach Radio News.
Slonski and her husband were both in the home at the time, but were not hurt.
“I heard a loud crash, and then I looked out the window and saw smoke, and half of the concrete wall down, and the corner of the load dumped down on our patio area.”
Police are on the scene, talking to the truck driver, with no official word yet on what caused it.
Guy Heer lives across the street, and was concerned about Mrs. Slonski’s well being, when he heard the commotion.
“A lot of people walk this hill, a lot of people. And there’s a kindergarten up here and they walk the kids down to the library. We’re just fortunate there was no people walking. My concern was her (Lucille) because she is always out here (on the boulevard where there are flowers),” says Heer.
Slonski says she called police after the incident, and says the driver didn’t say much.
“He was probably in shock. All I could see is he was kneeling down and holding his head.”