Canada rolls truck on highway

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:25 AM ET

You can bet Tom Canada will never get in a vehicle again without strapping on his seat-belt.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive end escaped serious injury yesterday morning when he rolled his truck several times while driving through a blizzard in Montana.

Canada, on his way home to California from Winnipeg after his sophomore CFL season, was driving south on Interstate 15 near Dillon, Mont., when the vehicle in front of him started to lose control on a patch of ice around 11 a.m. MST.

Canada, who was travelling about 90 km/h, tapped his brakes but began to lose control.

"One little patch of ice," a shaken Canada said from Dillon. "I veered left, and I was like 'Oh s---, oh s---. No big deal. Just relax.' I kind of veered back right, and then I hit my brakes a little bit because of that car in front of me."

The next thing he knew, his truck was in the ditch, and Canada said it rolled at least three times. The driver's side was heavily damaged, but he wasn't injured because he was wearing his seat-belt.

"I sunk down and scooted over and I was holding onto the wheel," Canada said. "It was like slow motion. I was just in the right spot not to get hurt."

Canada suffered cuts on his hands, but he's not sure if that happened during the accident or when he was frantically trying to get out of the truck.

His vehicle was totalled and all of his personal belongings, which were in the back, were strewn about the ditch because the camper shell came off during the rollover.

"It's been a tough week," Canada said. "It's been a tough six months."

He said his insurance company was going to provide a mini-van to him so he could finish his journey home.


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