Truck rollover crash that closed part of Highway 19 likely caused by driver hitting median: officials

A rolled transport truck is seen in the distance following a rollover crash on Highway 19 Monday, Feb. 20, 2023.

A driver escaped with minor injuries after his transport truck rolled over in a single-vehicle crash on Highway 19 outside of Courtenay, shutting down northbound lanes for six hours Monday.

The truck appears to have been heading south on Highway 19, about five kilometres north of Cumberland, when the crash occurred at around 7:30 a.m. between Cumberland Road interchange and Piercy Road, said Courtenay Fire Capt. Greg Lamb.

“From our early investigation it looks like he was heading south, hit the the no-post (concrete median) and flipped over into the other lane,” said Lamb.

The driver was out of his vehicle when firefighters arrived and was treated by paramedics as crews checked for fuel leaks, Lamb said, adding there was a small fuel leak as a result.

The truck ended up blocking the entire northbound lane of Highway 19 and part of a southbound lane, according to DriveBC.

Mainroad Contracting was on scene to help clean-up the crash and a tow company was expected to get the truck back on its wheels.

The northbound lanes reopened to traffic just after 2 p.m.

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