A semi on its side (and carrying full cases of beer product) blocked the Williams family of Falkland in their driveway for 24 hours

Snow brews up challenge for Falkland family

A truck full of beer goes off Highway 97 Wednesday at about 5 a.m.

Wednesday’s big dump of snow created some issues for the Williams family of Falkland.

First, Richie Williams was driving to work from the family home near Cedar Hills Road, off Highway 97, at 5 a.m. He was waiting at the bottom of his third-of-a-kilometre-long driveway to turn onto the highway when a passing snowplow threw snow and ice all over his car.

It wasn’t until Williams arrived at work that a colleague pointed out a large chunk of his car’s exterior was missing.

“He heard a bang when the ice and snow hit the car but never thought anything of it until he arrived at work and somebody pointed it out,” said Amy Williams, Richie’s wife.

Shortly before 8 a.m., Amy was trying to get her daughter to school in Armstrong but as they reached the bottom of their driveway, they were greeted by what they described as a 53-foot semitruck carrying cases of beer on its side, blocking the driveway.

“Well they sent a guy to sit with the truck two hours later so nobody would steal the beer,” laughed Amy.

At 2 p.m., a tow truck came out and told Amy that he had “at least 10 more calls to go to” before he could move the beer truck.

So, Williams and her daughter were stranded at home.

“We don’t blame the driver at all,” she said.

“The roads were icy and because we are the first straight stretch after several bends and hills, people always overtake and the big trucks have to pull on to the shoulder to avoid hitting somebody coming at them in the other lane. I don’t know if this is what happened but this is what we see all the time.”

Richie parked his car upon his return home from work in the evening in a safe spot near the driveway, and had to walk up to his home in the freezing rain that was falling.

The flag people and two big tow trucks arrived around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, said Amy, and finally got the truck out at 5 a.m. Thursday.

While it might have been a huge inconvenience not being able to get out of their driveway for 24 hours, the Williams did have several laughs over the incident.

“From the tow truck guy telling us he was on Highway Thru Hell (TV show) and his story of 16 hours to get his last truck out, which is not what you want to hear when you have a semi in your drive, to endless texts and Facebook messages from friends and neighbours saying they will pop by for a beer,” chuckled Amy.

Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP dealt with 13 accident files up to 7 p.m. Wednesday.


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