Driver ticketed in truck incident

Mechanical error has been ruled out and the driver of a runaway garbage truck that ended up between two Vernon houses Tuesday morning has been ticketed.

A Progressive Waste Solutions truck went between two houses at the intersection of 15th Street and 40th Avenue shortly before 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Witnesses told investigating officers the truck had been parked on 40th Avenue when it started rolling while the driver was collecting garbage.

The driver ran after the truck, said witnesses, but could not catch up to it.

“The vehicle underwent a mechanical inspection in Armstrong at the request of Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement investigators,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

“Everything was discovered to be in working order.”

The truck, which was damaged in the accident, clipped the corner of one home, causing some interior and exterior damage.

The driver, a 53-year-old Vernon man, was charged under Section 191 of the Motor Vehicle Act for having an unsecured motor vehicle. The ticket carries with it an $81 fine.

Nobody was injured in the incident.



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