Local reports say winds ranged anywhere from 60-100 kilometres per hour in the area at the time.
As if we need further proof that Mother Nature isn't to be trifled with, a transport truck driver travelling in Ontario this week ended up on the wrong end of some nearly triple-digit wind gusts. The extremely strong winds toppled over the vehicle on the highway, but luckily, no one was injured.
The driver, who according to CP24 hails from Texas, was travelling on the Burlington Bay James N. Allan Skyway, known locally as the Skyway Bridge, on Wednesday afternoon when the incident occurred. The bridge, which is located about 45 minutes southwest of Toronto, is 64 metres (210 feet) high and constructed over the tip of Lake Ontario. It's known for attracting blustery conditions, and it's common for nearby road signs to warn of high winds on the bridge.
Local reports say winds ranged anywhere from 60-100 kilometres per hour in the area at the time. That was enough to knock the truck, which was empty after delivering medical supplies, on its side. Those factors provided plenty of reason for police to close the bridge completely in both directions until around 5:00 PM that day.
Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Kerry Schmidt was on scene and said that the winds were blowing police officers around, making for a scary scene. He confirmed there were no injuries, including to the driver, identified as James, and co-driver of the truck. Schmidt spoke with the driver afterward, who said he has 35 years driving experience and travels the route in Ontario once or twice a month, so he's aware of the windy conditions the bridge often sees.
Heavy tow trucks came on the scene following the incident, and after dragging the trailer on its side for around a kilometre to move it off the highway, they righted it. Considering what it just went through, the trailer itself wasn't in bad shape.
This is more proof that no matter how good a driver you are, sometimes you're simply at the mercy of weather conditions. Despite the alarming nature of what happened, it's good to hear everyone walked away no worse for wear.
Photo: Sgt Kerry Schmidt, OPP