BC Ferries has confirmed that a car accident involving an employee led to widespread sailings being cancelled along the Sunshine Coast this Labor Day weekend.
The employee’s crash resulted in a staffing shortage that saw 12 ferry trips scrapped between Saltery Bay and Earls Cove from Saturday through Monday. BC Ferries said it was unable to find replacement crew on short notice after the accident.
The sudden staff shortage disrupted one of BC Ferries’ busiest travel weekends of the year. The company expected to transport some 520,000 passengers over the Labor Day holiday.
While major routes connecting the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island avoided major disruptions, the Sunshine Coast faced numerous cancelled trips that left travelers stranded.
BC Ferries said the employee involved in the accident is recovering. But their collision set off a domino effect that overwhelmed the ferry service’s minimal holiday weekend staffing.
The incident revealed how quickly accidents can trigger systemic transportation headaches at inopportune times. BC Ferries is now investigating how to avoid another cascade of cancelled trips due to unforeseen incidents down the road.
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