Fuel tanker flips over on Highway 19 Thursday afternoon

Fuel tanker flips over on Highway 19 Thursday afternoon
A fuel tanker flipped over on Highway 19 on Jan. 16, 2020.

Drivers on parts of Vancouver Island were dealing with snow, ice and delays Thursday afternoon and evening.

On Highway 19 northbound, just north of Horne Lake Road, a fuel tanker flipped at around 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 16.

There were 8,000 litres of fuel onboard the truck when the incident happened but there was no major fuel leak. No other vehicles were reportedly involved. The driver of the fuel truck was not seriously hurt, according to officials.

Roads were extremely slippery at the time and the Deep Bay Fire Department had responded to numerous crashes before the fuel tanker.

“We’ve had about six call-outs this [Thursday] afternoon mostly related to ice on the roads, just starts to freeze up and it just goes really quick and people aren’t driving careful enough,” Deep Bay Fire Chief George Lenz said.

The collision was being cleaned up on Friday morning, with the fuel being removed from the truck first.  The cause of the crash is under investigation.


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