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A tow truck operator chains up a truck in the ditch of the Trans-Canada Highway near Ninth Avenue Northwest. The truck rolled into the ditch evading an oncoming vehicle on Wednesday afternoon. The driver escaped through the back cab window and was uninjured.
Master Corporal Dan Dickson had a good reason for being late for work on Wednesday.
The aviation technician was on his way to work. He eventually made it, but his truck didn’t.
Traveling eastbound on the Trans-Canada Highway near Ninth Avenue Northwest shortly before 2 p.m., Dickson encountered an unexpected traffic issue.
“All it was, was a car coming through the intersection and I just did a maneuver to swerve around him, and when I did that the back end basically went out on the truck,” said Dickson.
Dickson wasn’t sure if the driver of the vehicle he swerved to avoid traveling south on Ninth Avenue Northwest, in between the divided highway while also avoiding a vehicle in the adjacent lane, even saw him.
Moose Jaw Police Services (MJPS) are still looking for the driver of that vehicle.
After rolling once, the truck ended up in the ditch on its side.
“I was almost at a stop by the time I hit the ditch,” Dickson told the Times-Herald. “It was just enough to flip it once.”
When the truck came to a stop, the back window was smashed out. Dickson said he smelled gas, quickly unbuckled himself, crawled through the broken window and moved away from the truck.
Fire crews joined police on scene to clean up. One of the eastbound lanes of the Trans-Canada Highway was also closed for a short time.
According to MJPS, damage to the vehicle was estimated at $3,000, but after being checked on scene by EMS crews Dickson was grateful to be uninjured and headed to work.
Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks