Fuel truck crash claims life of 33-year-old Nanaimo man.
Recovery crews spent the day Tuesday recovering a b-train fuel tanker lying in a ditch alongside highway 19 at Hamm road in Black Creek.
It crashed just after 7am Monday killing the driver and sole occupant of the truck.
Oyster River Fire chief Bruce Green, who responded to the crash with other members of his fire department soon found out the victim was a former member of the department and a man he had known since childhood.
“Personally it’s probably the worst day I’ve had as a firefighter,” Green told CHEK News as he monitored the recovery efforts.
The victim has been identified as 33 year old Vincent Allen Torrant Buchanan of Nanaimo.
“When you deal with someone you know, never a good day, especially when they’re deceased,” added Green.
Buchanan served with Oyster River Fire for five years about a decade ago before moving to Nanaimo. He was the father of three young children.
“He was headed to Campbell River northbound and went off road and flipped the vehicle and the cab was upside down,” said Green.
Buchanan was pronounced dead at the scene.
The two tanker trailers each carrying 25,000 litres of diesel fuel ruptured and began spilling.
“There was lots of fuel leaking when we got there. The tank had ruptured in several places,” said Green.
Environment officials were on the scene unsure how much diesel fuel had spilled and still trying to determine how much was left in the tanks.
“There’s some sensitive habitat down there primarily around toads and frogs in the area. It’s part of a wetland trust right adjacent to the area and the significant volume of fuel that was released immediately below the tractor trailer needs to be addressed and recovered,” said Darcy Sego, a Senior Response Officer with the BC Ministry of Environment.
For Bruce Green it was a day he had always dreaded, serving a small community and coming across someone he knew.
“I’d known him all my life, It was tough. For me personally it was a bad, bad day in the business,” added Green.
The cause of the crash has not been determined but police have ruled out speed and alcohol as contributing factors in the crash.