RCMP Say Motorist Crashes North of Prince George While Dialing 911

John Crawford

A motorist attempting to report an incident on Highway 97 north of Prince George Monday morning may have caused a crash by trying to phone 911 while driving full speed.

RCMP say just before 6am, they were called to the scene of a collision between a pickup and a tractor-trailer.

It's believed the driver of the pickup truck, heading south on the highway, was on his phone calling 911 to report another incident, and his pickup drifted into the northbound lane, directly into the path of an oncoming tractor-trailer unit.

The driver of the larger truck was able to swerve into the northbound shoulder to avoid a head-on crash, but the pickup swiped the side of the tractor trailer, causing some damage.

While the law allows you to call 911 while driving, police say it's best to pull over first and then make the call. 

The pick-up driver was ticketed for failing to keep right.


File number: 2019-31748


August 26, 2019

Prince George, BC


Early morning collision




Emergency services including the Prince George RCMP attended the scene of a collision on Highway 97 (Hart Highway) near Wall Road early this morning.


Just before 6:00 AM on Monday August 26th, 2019, the Prince George RCMP received a report of a collision between a tractor trailer and a truck on Highway 97 (Hart Highway) near Wall Road in Prince George.  No serious injuries were reported.  



The investigation found that a south bound pick-up truck served into the north bound lane in front of a tractor trailer unit traveling at highway speed.  The driver of the unloaded tractor trailer managed to swerve into the north bound shoulder to avoid a head on collision.  The pick-up side swiped the tractor trailer.



Investigators have learned that the pick-up driver was in the process of dialing 9-1-1 in relation to another incident when he drifted into the oncoming lane putting himself and the other driver at risk.  Although the Motor Vehicle Act allows for drivers to use their device to call 9-1-1 while driving, this incident is a reminder to drivers that the best practice is to always pull over in a safe location to make a phone call, even in an emergency.


The pick-up driver was issued a Motor Vehicle Act ticket for failing to keep right.



Released by


Cpl. Craig Douglass


Communications NCO / Media Relations Officer

Prince George RCMP


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