MONTREAL, QC – A chain of events – including tight following distances and the unexpected application of another truck’s emergency brakes — ultimately led to the death of a truck driver on the Metropolitan Expressway, Quebec’s workplace health and safety board has determined.
Gilbert Prince, a driver with Enterprise Gestion Georges and Robert, died at the scene of the August 9 collision on Route A40. Smoke from the resulting fire was reportedly seen as much as 30 kilometers away.
It all began when a Bombardier fuel truck stopped unexpectedly on Lajeunesse Street, according to Commission des norms, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST). The cube van that was following it was able to stop in time, but a Givesco flatbed to its rear ended up hitting the back of the cube van. Prince’s fuel tanker collided with those.