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Trucker who tied up tunnel fined $115: RCMP

The driver responsible for a four-hour commuter headache at the George Massey Tunnel on Monday afternoon, has been fined $115.

RCMP Cpl. Aaron Sproule said the driver of a truck hauling a shipping container was charged under the commercial transport act, after the container struck the Rice Mill Road overpass in the southbound lane of Highway 99 around 4:30 p.m.

The impact with the cement overpass sent the container tumbling to the ground, finally coming to a rest against a median near the entrance to the tunnel.

"We got very lucky on a couple of points," Sproule said, noting that nobody was killed and as far as he was aware, there were no injuries either.

Considering the time of day the accident occurred, when traffic normally congests the tunnel, the fact another vehicle wasn't involved bordered on miraculous.

Sproule said police recommend defensive driving techniques, such as keeping a minimum of two vehicle lengths between vehicles, especially at highway speeds. The two-second rule is also a good one to follow.

That might have saved somebody's life on Monday.

The resulting traffic chaos from the tunnel's closure left many drivers stuck in gridlock for four hours or more. Accidents on the Alex Fraser Bridge and Queensborough Bridge at about the same time, didn't help.

No word from the Ministry of Transport about the extent of the damage, if any, to the overpass.

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